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/ ' CONSTITUTION 



PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH 



CONFEDERATE STATE' [ERICA, ' 



DIGEST OF THE OA^TOnSTS 



oral council, ix actgtj&ta, Georgia, 
november 1869. ' 



AUGUSTA, GA. : 

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THE 

WILLIAM R. PERKINS 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS, 



THE CONSTITUTION 1 



DIGEST OF CANONS '. 7 

TITLE I. — Of Candidateship and Ordinations 9 

TITLE II. — General Regulations of Minist 

I ■ AND THEIR DUTIES 21 

TITLE 111.— < >!■• Discipline 87 

TITLE IV".-*-Of the Organized Bodies and Office] • 

• the Church 55 

TITLE V.— Miscellaneous Provisions 58 



TABLE OF COlSr TEISTTI 



DIGEST OF THE C AXONS. 

PAGE. 

TITLE I. — 0* Candidate sh p j •. •• rdinatIOKS o 

Canon I. — 0/ the M 9 

'Persons for Deo 

Orders ? 

[ntention .' 9 

9 

Record 10 

'. : ifusal to admit 10 

5. Application by a " (nomination 10 

§ 6. By one not a citizen 11 

' to Officiate in. a For* II 

Can?:; III.— ' Candida/ 12 

■' L. ! ton oi' Candidates 12 

- of Devotion 12 

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> other Dioceses 12 

sfer 13 

won .for 

i ion 13 

Ordination 13 

13 

13- 

11 

(nations c, r Deacons' Orders and 
Ordi 114 

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Till • TADLi: OF CONTEXT S, 

TITLE I. — Of Candidates^ip and Ordinations {Continued.) 

CANON V. — Examinations and Testimonials for Deacons* orders 
and Ordination {continued.) 

PAGE. 

§ S. Period of Candidateship, and Testimonial,-; from Standing 

Committee 14 

§ 4. Testimonials to Standing Committee, and from a Presbyter. . 15 

§ 5. Substitute Testimonials 15 

§ 0. Candidates from other Denominations LS 

§ 7. Candidates from other Countries 16 

Canon VI. — Of Deacons ig 

§ 1. Control of Deacons, 16 

§ 2. Conditions of Officiating 1G 

§ 3. Transfer 16 

Canon YIT. — Ordination to lite Priesthood .. 16 

§ ] . Deacon proceeding to Priests' Orders 16 

§ 2. Examinations. 17 

§ 3. Dispensations ....'. 17 

§ 4. Where there is no Bishop. . . : t 18 

<^ 5. Testimonials 18 

vn 6. Substitute Testimonials ! It) 

o: VIII. — Of the Admission of Ministers Ordained by BisJwps not 

in Communion uMh this Ghurch 19 

CANON IX. — Of Ministers Ordained in Foreign Countries by Bish- 

> C m i»i i i ,. i .'■ , this I uurcli li) 

TITLE II. — General Regulations of Ministers, and their 

Duties 21 

CANON I. — The Consent . ary for Offi. \ 23 

CANON If. — General Regulations 

§ 1. Election. 21 

And Institution 22 

, §2. Certificate to Minister removing I mother. 22 

§ 3. Alms at Communion 22 

^ 4. Duty of Ministers about Confirmation,-',, and about the state of 

the Congregation , 22 

And for the Diocesan Council 22 

§ 5. Parish Register, and List of Families 23 

§ 6. Officiating of Ministers in the Cures of others 23 

Neglect of Ministers to Officiate ■ 23 



TITLE J [.- — < Iknki: ii RegI'latioxs of MiNtsTETts, &c. (Continued.) 
' \\'<>\ [l.—(k)wral lley ulaltovst'tff Mini sf.cn {Continued.) 

TACK 

§ 7. < florica] [ve^uloiidb - ' 23 

Letters Dimissorr 2 I 

Reception 2 < 

[iettera Dimislson . nhen uol required lit 

5 >. A Minister w Ik ii settled . 2.1 



\ S r O^ 111. Of BishojK.. . . 
§ I. Election of Bisln 



§2. Process fur Consecration 2.1 

Testimony v > i Diocesan Council * 25 

And from Si a m liny Committees 26 

Con entof Bishops 2fi 

Consecration of Bishop elected within three mouths of G 

oral Council 26 

I'lace "1 Consecration 26 

§ ■>■ '^" ■ 26 

5; I. Assistanl Bishop 26 

S<> Suffragans 27 

o ■">. Episcopal Visitations 27 

And Residence 27 

o ii. !'. b eni for ii time 27 

o 7. Forms ofPuayer and Thanksgiving for qxtraordinarj oQca^ons 27 

§ 8. Episcopal Acts iir Vacant i)ioceses '. 2fl 

§ 9. Domestic Missionary Bishops 28 

Mode and Ei idence of Election 28 

Jurisdiction 28 

Vacancy 28 

Eligible as Diocesan 28 

May appoint Standing < 'eramittee 29 

Report to General' Council 29 

o 10. Foreigu Missionary Bishops 29 

Evidence of Election 29 

-Jurisdiction 29 

May Ordain, with \vha1 Testimonials, Dispensations, and lie- • 

strictions :;u 

Jurisdiction over Resident < !lergj men so 

Standing Committee 30 

Report to ( Jeneral Council 30 

§ 11. Diocese without a Bishopplaced under charge of another 

Bishop 31 

N'i: other Bishop to Officiate there during such charge 31 

§ 12. Episcopal Resignations ;;i 

House of Bishops to accept or refuse . .... ','<l 



X ■ TABLE OF CONTENTS. 

TITLE II. — General Reaulatioxs of Ministers, &c. (Continued*) 

< ' A\'< >N 1 [I. — Of Bishops (Continued. I 

§ ::. (Continued.) page. 

If during recess of Genera) < louncil 31 

Resigned Bishop eligible to no Diocese. .• 32 

Bishops without Charge subject to General Council 32 

Resignation of Suspended Bishop 32 

c'A N< >\ IV.— Of a List of the Ministers of this I 'humh 33 

8 ]. Secretary of House of Deputies' to keep :i Register :::> 

vj •_'. Admission of Ministers to he notified 33 

CANON V.— of Hie Mode of Securing an Accurate View of an: state 

* of tin' Church :;:; 



§ !. Statement in Parochial Reports ;;:t 

riergymcn not settled to report s<tv ioe :; ! 

o 'L. Bishop's Address .".+ 

<\ 3. Duty of Diocesan Secretaries :; ; 

Committee on the State of 'he Church :;t 

Bast oral Better .'14 

§ I. Condensed Report from eaeh .Diocese :!-( 

C.\ NON VI. — Of /he mode of publishing Authorized Editions of the 

Standard Bible >>f this < 'Imrch ,. :;;> 

CANON YH.-~Of publishing Editions of flu' Bool: of Common 

Prayer : , :■„-, 

(ANON VIIL—Of Parochial Instruction . :;<; 



TITLE 1 1 J.— Of Discipline :;7 

CANON 1. — Of Amenability, and Oj/feqces for luhicn a Minister may 

he Tried and Buriwhed 37 

§ 1. To whom Ministers amenable ?j 

, ^ 2. Punishable Ofi'enoes. :;7 

§ '.'). Liability of Clergymen presenting for Ordination :;7 

§ -f. Proceeding on public rumour ;;r 

CANON II. — Trial of Presbyters bind Deacons under Missionary 

Jurisdiction ;>s 

§ I. Presentment ;>s 

§ 2. Trials 38 

§ .7. The Court ( 39 

v> A. Tin- Sentence ;;:! 



TABLE oi' CONTENTS. Xt 

TITLE III.— ur Discipline (Continued.) 

\ IGTC. 

<\\\()\ MI.- •■Of a Clergyman in one Diocese or Missionary Dis- 
trict chargeable with Misdemeanour in another :;u 

o I. Offence oomputted in a different Diocese. :::> 

o i. Bishop may admonish, &c :;:i 

§ :;. Case of Clergymen Ordained in Foreign Countries 40 

<'.\\(>\ IV. -Of llenunciation of the Ministry 10 

§ I. Where no proceeding i- pending t m 

§ ■_'. Suspension of action. M) 

§ :;. Where liability to Presentmenl t ) 

C* I. Notice of Deposition II 

(! VNON V. — Of iif Abandonment of llm Commnnionof this Church 

/•</ a Presbyter <>r Deacon 1 1 

§ I. Abandonment without Renunciation 11 

Certificate 11 

Notice -1 1 

5j 2, Deposition II. 

I'r0\ iso ',1 

t'AN'OX VI Of a Clergyman absenting himself from his Diocese. 12 

<\\o\ \'M -Of the 'Abandonment of tlie Communion of the CJmrch 

by a Uisltop 42 



C.WOX VIII.— Of the Trial of a Kishop 



§ 1. Offences / 1:; 

§ '2. Charges in writing. t:» 

Action on rumours 4:; 

I iay AAy&slU' 11 

§ :'.. Charges to whom delivered.. . 11 

^ 4. Board of Inquiry .11 

How constituted. ....". 44 

Notice to Members . {:, 

Place of Meeting * 43 

< Jopy of Charges 4.1 

< Organization 4:, 

Sittings I'm ate i;, 

Duty of the Board 4,-, 

t .*w of Evidence 4 4fl 

Presentment : 45 

To whom to in- scul ].". 



vi I TABLE Hi' CONTENTS. 

TITLE ill.— Oj- Discipline {Continued). 

<\\\'i>X VIII. — Of the Trial of a ffisftop ^Continued.) 

§ ? Med.) iM.L. 

Refusal to Present. . . ., IG 

Bar lo future Presentment IS 

Exception . Hi 

Limitation of Time Mi 

ijj ~>. Notices on Pres&atinenl 

To Accused 

And to Church Advocate 

Formation of Courl * 10 

Notice to Members of Courl 47 

Summons to Accused and to Witnesses 17 

§ i;. Course of proceeding 47 

President and nor!; > 17 

Call to plead W 

Non-Appearance of A censed .*. 

Common Law the rule [S 

I declaration of Witness ■! > 

Deposition of Witnesses 4S 

Commissary Ki 

( Jross-ExaminaMnn . 4i) 

Service of Notii es. Capers and Certificate 19 

Accused may have ( 'ounsel ■!:> 

( ^odnse) must be Communicants SO 

Opinion of ( !ourf 5G 

! lecision SO 

A ecu- cil to in-' heard SO 

New Trial 5(1 

Sentence ■""' 

Record '. . . si] 

Exceptions .'ij 

How kept and attested .">] 

Lay Advisers 9 5.] 

v N 7. Presentment for, Erroneous Doctftne Si 

To whom addressed S2 

Court ! S2 

s. < 'harges against Missionary Bishop ■"■- 

And Bi*bop without Jurisdiction •"»- 

Mode of Trying - ■ . 52 

Ca son, IX. — Of Sentences 53 

§ 1 . Suspension ■'<■'• 

vj 2. Degradation S3 

1\ restoration •. . . •"' : • 

Notice , S3 



TITLE [II.t-Of Discipline (Continued). 

I'AOE. 

Canon X. — Of Remission or i nj Jitdicial Sent 

on Bishops '. v. 

Canon XI. — Regulations rcsjpt Laity :, i 

• N !. Removal of Communicants. :< l 

->. 2. Bishop to be informed 5-1 



TITLE IV. — Of the Oro sized Bowks \~sd Oj rcEits of tiii 

I ' I t I I ! t ! 1 



Canon I. — -l )/ tl • ■ al C it 

-> !. Special Meetings 



i U puties. . . 

: 2. Registrar 

if Do ies 

.- 3. Notice to t>iod saa f.-i n< i • 

o !. Treasurer.. 

j j. Expenses of i ral < 'ouheil. . 

• ■ i I .— Oj •' •' ■ ■ • it teds, 

§ I. Dtitie a ' •■ 

I. I \ ilvid to ■ lb iop 

i ., ■. Mi —Of Congregations and Pa, 

S"ot to onito •■■ ith Chui'i li in itn ' i' : ■• 



[T] E V -- ''•«! - . Provisions >. 

C vnon 1 — Of i I Ct is . . ;,,s 

Repeal of fepe I i .... 58 

Canos -11 — Of. the Repeal inn 'm t and Enact m it of Canons. $% 

Form .ii' alterin Ci 58 

' h in ■■ ! to be i ei >'■!■■■>: In «vln in ' ">;» 



JONSTITUTIOK; 



CONSTITUTION 



Article I. This Church, retaining the name '^Broies- ••■■■ 
tant Episcopal," shall be known as the " Protestant Epis- 
copal Church in the Confederate States of America." 

Article II. There shall he in this Church a General '' 
Council. There may be also Provincial Councils and Di- 
ocesan Councils. 

Article III. The General Council of this Cluuvh shall Qonerticouncu. 
meet on the second Wednesday in November, in the year 
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and i ixty-two, at 
Augusta, Georgia, and on the same day in every third year 
thereafter, at such place as shall be determined by the 
Council. 

In case there shall be an epidemic disease, or other good 
cause to render it necessary to alter the place appointed 
for such meeting, the Presiding Bishop may designate 
another convenient place for the holding of such Council, 
and special meetings may be (.ailed at other times, in the 
manner hereafter to be determined. 

The General Council shaft consist of two ileuses — tile 
House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. 

The House of Bishops shall be composed of nil the Bish- 
ops of this Church having jurisdiction within the Confed- 
erate States, or the Territories thereof. 

Each Diocese shall be entitle;! to an equal representation, 
clerical and lay. in the House of Deputies. Such represen- 
tation shall consist of not more than three Clergymen, -and 
three Laymen communicants in this Church, resilient in 
the Diocese, and elected by the Council thereof. 

Before they shall proceed to business, a majority of the 
Dioceses, which shall have adopted this Constitution, shall 
be represented in the Council. The representations from 
two Dioceses shall be sufficient tb adjourn. 

[n all business pf the QounciJ freedom oS debate shall 
be allowed. 



CONSTITUTION. 



constitution. Each House shall have a rig-lit to originate acts ■ and. 

"""^v^ when any act shall have been passed in either House, it shall 
be transmitted to the other House for its consideration. No 
act shall have the operation of law, unless concurred in and 
authenticated by both Houses. 

When any proposed act shall have passed the House of 
Deputies, and shall be negatived by the House of Bishops, 
the House of Bishops shall, when requested by the House 
of Deputies, signify to it in writing the reasons for non- 
concurrence, within three days after such request shall have 
been made. 

In all questions, when required by the clerical or lay re- 
presentation from any Diocese, each order shall have one 
vote, and the majority of suffrages by Dioceses shall be 
conclusive in each order : Provided such majority compre- 
hend a majority of the Dioceses represented in that order. 
The concurrence of both orders shall be necessary in such 
case to constitute a vote of the House. 

If any Diocese should omit or decline to elect clerical 
Deputies to the General Council, or should omit or decline 
to elect lay Deputies, or if any of those of either order 
elected should fail to attend, such Diocese shall, neverthe- 
less, be considered as duly represented by such Deputy Or 
Deputies as may attend, whether lay or clerical. And if, 
through the neglect of any Diocese, which shall have 
adopted this Constitution, no i >eptaty tkerefrom^ either lay I >r 
clerical, should attend the Council, the Church in such Dio- 
cese shall, nevertheless, be bound hy the %( -tsof such Council. 

province. Article IV. Whenever any one of the Confederate 

States shall contain more than one Diocese, said State may, 
with the consent of all the Dioceses in said State. conslV 
tute an Ecclesiastical Province, in which a Provincial 

Pi-ovmciaicoun. Council may be held at least once in every three years, 
which Provincial Council shall he made pp Of all the 
Bishops having jurisdiction within the Provim-e, and of 
such representatives, clerical and lay. from the Dioceses 
within the Province, as may be determined upon by the 
Diocesan Councils thereof. If there be more than one 
Bishop within the Province, the senior Bishop by eonsecra- 
tion shall preside in the Provincial Council. hen 

there shall be three, or more thim three Bishops, :]•(■;.- shall 
form a separate House. 

Whenever such Council shal . te, its acts si: all be of 

force within all the Dioceses en within the Province. 



Piocesan Coun- 



, COXsTITUTIOX. 

AaniCLB V. There shall be held annually, in each Dio- 
cese, a Diocesan Council, to be composed of the Bishop or 
Bishops of the Diocese, and of a lay and clerical represen- <*£.' 
tation from each Parish of the Diocese. This Council shall 
legislate for only J >iocesan purposes 

Article VI. The Bishop or Bishops in each Diocese bu 
shall be chosen by the Council of that Diocese, agreeably 
to such rules as it may prescribe ; and every Bishop of this 
Church shall confine the exercise of his Episcopal Office to 
his proper Diocese, unless requested to perform any act of that 
Office by the Ecclesiastical Authority of another Diocese. 

Article VII. A new Diocese, formed in any of the .\ew Dioceses. 
Confederate States, or in any Territory thereof, not now 
represented, may, at any time hereafter, be admitted to 
union with, and representation in, the Cenera! Council of 
this Church, on ac}C§diag to this Constitution: Provide' 
there were, at the time of organizing, and are, at the time 
of making application 1'- , at least six otli 

sbyters within si ' :!arly settled in ;i 

Parish or Church. 

A new Dior- formed with in the!: an y 

existing Diocese, with the consent of its Council and the 
Bishop or Bishops thereof, or, if there be no Bishop, of the 
Ecclesiastical Authority thereof; and a new Di< ay 

be formed with; of two or more Dioceses, wit:: 

the like consent. But no such new Diocese shall be 
formed, which s - thfcn ten self-supporting 

Parishes, or less than ten Presbyters who have been for at 
feast one year canonical- y resident within the bounds of 
such new Diocese, regularly settled in :> Parish or Congre- 
ion, and qualified to vote for a Bishop; nor shall such 
v Diocese be formedif thereby an ■ ie shall 

be so reduced as to contain i d fifteen self-supportiu g 

Parishes, or less than fifteen Presbyters who have been re- 
siding therein, and settled and qualified as above-men- 
tioned: Provided, that hall form i, 
Dio< 

In case a Diocese shall be divided into two or more Dio- 
s, the Diocesan of the Diocese so divided may elect the 
Diocese over which, he avIU preside, and shall become the 
Diocesan there isistant Bishop, if there be 

one, may elect the Diocese to which he wi!l be attached ; 
and, if it be not the one elected ' hall be 

thy Piocesan 



CONSTITUTION. 



Prayor-Booli 



Bishops for 
Igo Countries 



Article. VIII. The mode of trying Bishops shall be 
provided by the General Couneil. The court appointed 
for that purpose shall be composed of Bishops only. 

In every Diocese, the mode of trying Presbyters and 
Deacons shall be prescribed by the Council of the Diocese. 

Xone but a Bishop shall pronounce sentence of admoni- 
tion, suspension or degradation from the ministry, on any 
Clergyman, whether Bishop, Presbyter or Deacon. 

Article. IX. Xo person shall be admitted to Holy Or- 
ders, until he shall have been examined by the Bishop and 
by two Presbyters, and shall have exhibited such testimo- 
nials and other requisites as the Canons in that case pro- 
vided may direct. 

Xor shall any person be ordained either Deacon or Pri 
until he shall have subscribed the following declaration, viz : 

"I do believe the Holy .Scriptures of the Old and New Testamenl 
theWordof (iod, and to contain all Sitings necessary tosalration ; and '. do 
solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrines and Worship of the Pr6- 
testant Episcopal Church in the Confederate states of America. 1 ' 

Xo person ordained by a foreign Bishop shall be per- 
mitted to officiate as a Minister of this Church, until he 
shall have complied with the Canon or Canons in such 
case provided, and have also subscribed the aforesaid 
declaration. 

Article X. A Book of.Cmnmon Prayer; Administra- 
tion of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of 
the Church, Articles of Religion, and a form and manner 
of making, ordaining and consecrating Bishops, Priests 
and Deacons, when established by the Genera i Council, 
shall be used*iil those Dioceses which shall have adopted this 
Constitution. Xo alteration or addition shall be made in 
the Book of Common Prayer, or other offices of the 
Church, or the Articles of Religion, Unless the same shall 
be proposed in one General Council, and- by a resolution 
thereof made known to the Council of every Diocese, ap- 
proved by .a majority of the Diocesan Councils, and adopted 
at the subsequent General Council. 

Articlk XX Bishops for foreign countries may. on due 
application therefrom, be consecrated, with the appro- 
bation of a majority of the Bishops of this Church, signi- 
fied in writing to the Presiding Bishop ; he thereupon 
taking order for the same, and they being satisfied that the 
person designated for the office ha- been duly i and 

is properly qualified. 



CONSTITUTION. 



The order for such Consecration shall be conformed, as 
nearly as may be, in the judgment of the Bishops, to the 
one used in this Church. 

Bishops, so consecrated, shall not be eligible to the omVo 
of Diocesan, or Assistant Bishop, in any Diocese in the 
Confederate States, nor be entitled to a scat in the House 
of Bishops, nor exercise any authority in the said States. 

Article XI [. Any alteration in this Constitution shall 
bo originated in the General Council. When adopted in 
one -General Council by a majority of the House ot Bishops, 
and by a majority of the House of Deputies, said Deputies 
voting by Dioceses and orders, such alteration shall be made 
known to the several Diocesan Councils, and, if agreed to 
by two-thirds of them, and ratified in the ensuing General 
Council, the same shall be a part of this Constitution. 



Alteration* 



DIGEST OF THE CANONS. 



TITLE I. 

OF CANI)H)ATFSHIP AND ORDINATIONS. 

• * • 

CANON I. 

OF THK f-XCl.KSIAMK'AL A ITiK >i:iTY. 

The Ecclesiastical Authority of each Diocese is its Bishop. >; 
When there is no Bishop, the Standing Committee shall.be 
the Ecclesiastical Authority for all purposes declared in 
these Canons. 



CAXOX II. 

OF THE A.DMI3SIQ.N OF PERSONS As (\\yi >] | >.\ HE ; FOli 
DEACOHTS 1 ORDERS, 

§ i. Every person, who desires to become a candidate for - 

Holy Orders in this Church, shall, in the first instance, give 
notice in writing of that desire to the Ecclesiastical Author- 
ity to whose jurisdiction he belongs ; in which notice he 
snail declare whether he has ever applied for admission as 
a candidate in any other Diocese. The Ecclesiastical Au- 
thority may consent to his applying in some other Diocese. 
§ 2. The notice above required having been given to the 
Bishop, if there be one, and the Bishop having signified 
his approbation in writing, the person so applying shall send 
the -aid certificate in a letter addressed by him to the Pres- 
ident or Secretary of "the Standing Committee of the Dio- 
cese of the said Bishop ; whereupon the Standing Commit- 
tee may, if they see lit, testify in his behalf to the Bishop, 
that, from personal knowledge, or from testimonials laid 
before them, they believe that he is pious, sober and hon- 
est, attached to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the 



tio 



10 TITLE 1. -OF CANDIDATESHIP AND ORDINATIONS. 

canon u. Protestant Episcopal Church, a commimicant of the same, 
w^ — !/ and in their opinion possesses such qualifications as will 
render him apt and meet to exercise the ministry to the 
glory of God, and the edifying of the Church: and if the 
Standing Committee cannot certify as above from personal 
knowledge, the testimonials laid before them by the appli- 
cant shall be of the same purport, and as full, as the certifi- 
cate above required, and shall be signed by at least one 
Presbyter and four respectable laymen of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church in the Confederate States. 

KewuL* 10 " am! § 3. The applicant shall transmit the certificate of the 
Standing Committee to the Bishop, who may thereupon 
admit the person as a candidate for Holy Orders, and shall 
record the same in a book to be kept by him for mat pur- 
.pose, and shall notify the candidate of such record. In any 
Diocese where there is no Bishop, the Standing Committee 
may, on the same conditions, admit the person as a candi- 
date, and shall make record and notification in the same 
manner. 

Refusal to a,i- § 4 ]sj p erson AV ] l0 i ias previously applied for admission 
as a candidate in any Diocese, and has* been refused, or, 
h'aving been admitted, has afterwards ceased to be a candi- 
date, shall be admitted as a candidate in any other Diocese, 
until he shall have produced from the Ecclesiastical Author- 
ity of the former Diocese a certificate declaring the cause 
for which he was refused admission, or for which he ceased 
to be a candidate. 

a wtt?& n a$ § 5. [1.] When a person, who, not having had Episcopal 
Ordination, has been acknowledged as an ordained minister 
or licentiate in any denomination of Christians, shall desire 
to be ordained in this Church, he shall give notice thereof 
to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in which he 
resides; or, if he reside in a State or Territory in which 
there is no organized Diocese, to the Missionary Bishop 
within whose jurisdiction he resides; which notice shall be 
accompanied by a written certificate from at least two Pres- 
byters of this Church, stating that, from personal knowl- 
edge of the applicant, or satisfactory evidence laid before 
them, they believe that his desire to leave the denomination 
to which he belonged has not arisen from any circumstance 
unfavorable to his moral or religious character, or on account 
of which it may be inexpedient to admit him to the exercise 
of the ministry in this Church ; and they may also add what 
they know or believe, on good authority, of the circumstan- 
ces leading: to the said desire. 



denomination. 



TITLE I.— OK CANDIDATE- nil' AND ORDINATIONS. 11 

[2.] «If the Ecclesiastical Authority shall think proper to cannon u. 
proceed, the person applying to be received as a candidate v — v — ' 
shall produce to the Standing Committee a testimonial from tw^pe^nsam! 
at least twelve members of the denomination from which he two Presbyters - 
comes, or twelve members of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church, or twelve persons in part of the denomination from 
which he comes and in part Episcopalians, satisfactory to 
the Committee, that the applicant has, for three years last 
past, lived piously, soberly and honestly ; and also a testi- 
monial from at least two Presbyters of this Church, that 
they believe him to be pious, sober and honest, and sincerely 
attached to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the 
Church. The Standing Committee, being satisfied on 
these points, may recommend him to the Bishop, to be 
received as a candidate for Orders in this Church; or, 
if there be no P>ishop, the Standing Committee ma} 7 so 
receive him. 

§ 6. [1.] When a person, not a citizen of the Confeder- such roucatton 
ate States, who has been acknowledged as an ordained *>•» 
minister in any denomination of Christians, shall apply to 
become a candidate for Orders in this Church, the Bishop 
to whom application is made shall require of him (in addi- 
tion to the above qualifications) satisfactory evidence that 
lie has resided at least one year in the Confederate States, 
previous to his application. 

[2.] \Yhcn a person, not a citizen of the Confederate 
States, who has been acknowledged as'an ordained minister 
in any denomination of Christians, shall apply for Orders 
in this Church on the ground of a call to a Church in which And to officiate 
divine service is celebrated in a foreign language, the Stand- L" 
ing Committee of the Diocese to which such Church belongs, 
may, on sufficient evidence of fitness according to the Can- 
ons, and by a unanimous vote at a meeting did}' convened, 
recommend him to the Bishop for Orders, and the Bishop 
may then ordain him, and he may be settled, and instituted 
into the said Church, without his producing a testimonial to 
his character by a clergyman from his personal knowledge 
of him for oue year, and without his having been a year 
resident in this country, anything in any other Canon of 
this Church to the contrary notwithstanding:- Provided, That, 
in both of the above cases, the person applying produce a 
certificate, signed by at least four respectable members of 
this Church, that they have satisfactory reasons to believe 
the testimonials to his religious, moral and literary qualifi- 
cations to be entitled to full credit. 



12 



TITIE !. OF CANDIDATES!!!!' AND ORDINATION* 



CAKON II J. 



Supervision 

Candidate:--. 



Habit o: d 
tion. 



0F AI>-MlTT!-:i> CANDIDATES FOR DEACONS' ORD] 

§ 1. The Bishop, or other Ecclesiastical Authority -who 
may have the superintendence of candidates for Deacons' 
Orders, shall take care that they pursue their studies dili- 
gently and under proper direction, and that they do not in- 
dulge in any vain or trifling conduct, or in any amuse- 
ments likely to be abused to#liceutiousness, or unfavorable 
to that seriousness, and to those pious and studioiis 
habits, which become those who are preparing for the Holy 
Ministry. 

§ 2. It is also to be made known to every candidate, that 
the Church expects of him, an inward fear and worship 
of Almighty God, a love of Christ, a sensibility to holy 
influences, a habit of devout affection, and, in short, a 
cultivation of all those graces which are called in Scripture, 
the fruits of the Spirit, by which alone Hi?- sacred influences 
can be manifested. 

§ 3. ~No candidate for Deacons' Orders shall take upon 
Lay Readers, himself to perform the service of the Church but by a license 
from the Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, from the cleri- 
cal members of the Standing Committee, of the Diocese in 
which such candidate may wish to perform the service. 
And such candidate shall submit to all the regulations which 
the Bishop, or said clerical members, may prescribe. He 
.shall not use the absolution or benediction ; he shall not 
assume the dress appropriate to clergymen ministering in 
the congregation; he shall conform to the directions of the 
Bishop, or said clerical members, as to the sermons or homi- 
lies to be read : nor shall any such Lay Header deliver ser- 
mons of his own composition, but, may make addresses or 
exhortations by the permission of the Bishop of the Diocese, 
and by the farther permission of the Minister of the Parish, 
if within the limits of a Parish. 

§ 4. No candidate for -Orders shall be permitted to accept 
from any Diocesan Council an appointment as a Lay Deputy 
to the House of Deputies of the General Council. 

§ 5. A candidate for Deacons' Orders may, on Letters 
Dimissory from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese 
to which he belongs, be transferred to the jurisdiction of 
any Bishop in this Church; and if there be a Bishop of the 
Diocese where the, candidate resides, he shall apply to no 



Restrictions. 



'-. t sllgtble IX 
General Council. 



Transfer to 
r Diooesei . 



TITLE [.—OF OANDIDATEgHIP AND ORDINATIONS. 13 

other Bishop for ordination without the permission of the Canon m 
former. '-— v — ' 

§6. Xo candidate shall change his canonical residence fc ow»ofttwi» 
but for causes sufficient in the judgment of the Ecclesiasti- 
cal Authority ; nor shall an}* candidate be dismissed from 
the Diocese in which lie was admitted, or to which he has 
been duly transferred, for the convenience of attending any 
theological or other seminary. 



CV.I10I1. 



f reje 



("AXON IV. 

( ENERAL PROVISIONS AND REQUISITES FOE ORDINATION". 

§ 1*. Xo Bishop shall ordain any candidate until he has pmioua appu, 
enquired of him whether he has ever, directly or indirectly, 
applied for Holy Orders in any other Diocese ; and, if the 
Bishop has reason to believe that the candidate has been 
refused Holy Orders in any other Diocese, he shall write to 
the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof to know whether any 
just cause exists why the candidate should not be ordained. 
When any Bishop rejects an application for J [oly Orders, he 
shall immediately give notice to the Ecclesiastical Authority 
of every Diocese. 

s ; 2. Deacons' Orders shall not be conferred on any per- AgeforOrdina. 
son until he shall bo twenty-one years old. nor Priests' 
Orders until he shall be twenty-four years old. 

§ 3. Eyerv candidate for Holy < >rders who may be reeoin- < 
mended by the Standing Committee of any Diocese desti 
tute of a Bishop, if lie have resided for the greater part of 
three years last past within the Diocese of a Bishop, shall 
apply to such Bishop for ordination. And such candidate 
shall produce the usual testimonials, as well from the Cor,: 
mittee of the Diocese in which he has resided, as from the 
Committee of the Diocese for which he is to be ordained. 

$ 4. X T o Bishop of this Church shall ordain any person to m»of- 

officiate as a Priest in any Congregation or Church not oonf&aeratestatesl 
under Episcopal supervision, and situated beyond the juris- 
diction of these Confederate States, until no shall have 
received from his Standing Committee the usual testimony, 
founded upon sufficient evidence of the soundness in the 
faith, an e pious and moral cha 'applicant. 



14 



Times of Ordi 
nation. 



TITLE i. OF CANDIDATESHIP AND ORDINATIONS. 

nor until he Las been examined on the studies prescribed by 
the Canons of this Church; and should any clergyman, so 
ordained, wish thereafter to settle in any congregation of 
this Church, he must obtain a special license therefor from 
the Bishop, and officiate as a probationer for at least one year. 
§ 5. Agreeably to the practice of the Primitive Church, 
the stated times of ordination shall be on the Sundays fol- 
lowing the Ember weeks. Special ordinations may be held 
at such other times as the Bishop shall appoint. 



Limitation 
Candidateship 



CANON V. 

EXAMINATIONS AND TESTIMONIALS FO I £ DEACONS 1 
OEDKUS AND ORDINATION. 

§ 1 . Every person hereafter to be ordained Deacon in this 
Examination. Church, shall be examined by the Bishop and two Presby- 
ters, on Moral Philosophy and Rhetoric, the Holy Scrip- 
tures and the Book of Common Prayer, and they shall 
enquire into his fitness for the ministrations declared in the 
Ordinal to appertain to the office of a Deacon, and be satis- 
fied thereof. 

§.2. If any candidate for Deacons' Orders shall not, 
within three years after his admission, apply to be ordained, 
he shall cease to be a candidate, and unless the Bishop shall 
see fit to allow longer time, he shall notify him in writing, 
that he is no longer a candidate, and shall immediately give 
notice of the same to the Ecclesiastical Authority of every 
Diocese. 
period of can- § 3. No person shall be ordained Deacon in this Church 
?iiEo5ftiS d «Sm' unt ^ ^ 1C sna ^ have -remained a candidate for Tloly Orders at 
standing commit- ] eas t one year, and until he shall exhibit to the Bishop tes- 
timonials from the Standing Committee of the Diocese for 
which he is to be ordained, which shall be signed by a ma- 
jority of all the Committee, the Committee being duly con- 
vened, and which shall be in the following words: 

" We, whose names are hereunder written, testify that A. B. hath laid 
before us satisfactory testimonials, that for the space of three years lasl 
past, he hath lived piously, soberly and honestly, and hath not written, 
taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline Of the 
Protestant Episcopal Ohurch in the Confederate States; and, moreover,, 
we think him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred Order of 
Deacons. In witness whereof, we have hereunto' set t>ur hands, 
dav of — : — . i;i the rear of our Lord ."" 



TITLE [.—OF CANDIDATESHIP A.\l> ORDINATIONS. 15 

§ 4. But before a Standing Committee shall proceed to canon v. 
recommend any candidate, as aforesaid, to the Bishop, such ,^~~-^~~ / 
candidate shall produce from the Minister and Vestry of the standing commit- 
parish where he resides, or from the A r estry alone, if the par- 
ish be vacant ; or, if there be no Vestry, from at least six 
respectable persons of this Church, testimonials of his piety. 
good morals and orderly conduct, in the fol lowing words: 

•' We, whose name* are hereunder written, do testify from evidence 
satisfactory to us, that A. !>., for the space of three years last past, hath 
lived piously, soherly and honestly, and hath not, so far as we know or 
believe, written, taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or dis- 
cipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church ill the Confederate States ; 
and, moreover, we think him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred 
Order of Deacons. In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands, 
this day of , in the year of our Lord ." 

He shall also lay before the Standing Committee testi- Testimonial. &om 
monials signed by at least one respectable Presbyter of this ' 
Church, which testimonials sliall be in the following words: 

•• I do certify that A. r>.. for the space of three years last past, hath 
lived piously, soberly and honestly, and hath not, solar as 1 know or be- 
lieve, written, taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or dis- 
cipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate states: 
and, moreover, we think him a person worthy to be admitted to the sacred 
Order of Deacons. This testimonial is founded on my persona] knowl- 
edge of the said A. B. for one year last past, and for the residue ot the 
said time upon evidence that is satisfactory to me. In witness whereof, 

I have hereunto set my hand, this day of — — , in the year 

of our Lord -." 

^ 5. But in case a candidate, from some peculiar circum- substitute testi- 
stances not affecting his pious or moral character, shall be"'' 
unable to procure testimonials from the Minister and Ves- 
try of the Parish wherein he resides, the Standing Com- 
mittee may accept testimonials of the purport above stated. 
from at least twelve respectable members/ and one respec- 
table Presbyter of this Church, which Presbyter shall have 
been personally acquainted with the candidate for at least 
one year. 

§ <>. Candidates who, not having Episcopal ordination, candidates awn 

•* tit -i • ' -i i- x i • . 'other- denomina- 

have been acknowledged as ordained or licensed ministers ti ""-- 
in any denomination of Christians, may, at the expiration 
of not less than six months from their admission as candi- 
dates, be ordained Deacons, on their passing the same ex- 
aminations as other candidates for Deacons' Orders, and, in 
the examinations, special regard shall be had to those 
points in which i\w denomination whence they came differs 
from this Church, with a view of testing their information 



6 TITLE L— OF CANDIDATESHIP AND OJtDINATIONS. 

c on v an( ^ soundness in the same; and, also, of ascertaining- that 
w^_^ they are adequately acquainted with the Liturgy and Of- 
fices of this Church : Provided, that in their case the testi- 
monials shall be required to cover only the time since their 
admission as candidates for Holy Orders. 
candinatos ftom § ^' ^ r hcn airy person, not a citizen of the Confederate 
other countries. States, who has been acknowledged as an ordained or li- 
censed minister in any denomination of Christians, shall 
apply for Orders in this Church, the Bishop, to whom the 
application is made, shall require of him (in addition to the 
above qualifications) satisfactory evidence that he has re- 
sided at least one year in the Confederate States previous 
to his application. 



CAKON VI. 

F D E A C K S 



Control of De 
con 3. 



§ 1. Every Deacon shall be subject to the regulation of 
the Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, of the clerical mem- 
bers of the Standing Committee of the Diocese for which 
he is ordained, until he receive letters dimissory to the 
Ecclesiastical Authority of some other Diocese, and be 
thereupon received as a Clergyman of such other Diocee ; 
and he shall officiate in such places as the Bishop, or the 
said clerical members, may direct. 
conditions of or- § 2. ~No Deacon shall be settled over a 1 'ariah or Conarega- 
tion ; nor shall any Deacon officiate in any Parish or Congre- 
gation, without the express consent of the Rector for the time 
being, where there is a Rector ; nor in any case without the 
assent of the Bishop; and when officiating in the Parish 
or Congregation of a Rector, he shall be entirely subject to 
the direction of such Rector in all his ministrations. 
§ 3. No Deacon shall bo transferred to another Dio 
transfer. without the written request of the Bishop, to whos< juris- 
diction he is to be transferred. 



CAXoX VII. 

ORDINATION T(> THE PRIESTHOOl); 

in£toTriesteM)r- § *■ Whenever a Deacon shall determine to pr< 

tiers. ■ p r ]; es tg' Orders, he shall give to the Bis'lsop written no1 



TITLE J. — CJI-- CANDIDATESJUP AND ORDINATIONS. 17 

of such intention ; whereupon the Bishop shall record the uanpnvn. 
notice in a book to be kept by him' for this purpose, and w "v — ' 
shall appoint and direct the studies of the Deacon accord- 
ingly. 

§ 2. Every Deacon desiring to receive Priests' Orders Examinations »« 
shall stand three different examinations, at such times and rie 
places as'the Bishop, to whom he applies for Holy Orders, 
shall appoint. The examination shall take place in the 
presence of the Bishop and two or more Presbyters. The 
lirst examination shall be on the books of Scripture, the First, 
candidate being required to give an account of the differ- 
ent books, to translate from the original Greek and He- 
brew, and to explain such passages as may be proposed to 
him. The second examination shall he on the evidences . 
of Christianity and Systematic Divinity, and the last ex- Last, 
animation shall be on Church History, Ecclesiastical Polity, 
the Book of Common Prayer, and the Constitution and 
Canons of the Church, and of the Diocese for which he is 
to be ordained. lie shall be examined also as to his knowl- 
edge of the Latin tongue, and of such studies as the Bishop 
shall have prescribed for him, At each of the forjemen- 
tioned examinations he shall produce and read a sermon 
or discourse, composed by himself, on some passage of 
Scripture, previously assigned to him, which, together with 
two other sermons or discourses on some passage or pas- 
sages of Scripture s61ectcd by himself, shall be submitted 
to the criticisms of the Bishop and clergy present ; and, 
before his ordination, he shall be required to perform such 
exercises In reading, in the presence of the Bishop and 
clergy, as may enable them to give him such advice and 
instructions as may aid him in performing the services of 
the Church, and delivering his sermons with propriety and 
devotion. ■ 

§ 3. When a Deacon, applying to be admitted to Priests' Dispensations. 
Orders, wishes knowledge of the Latin, Greek and lie- 
brew languages, and other branches of learning not strictly 
ecclesiastical, to be dispensed with, the Standing Committee 
shall not recommend him for Priests' Orders until he shall 
have laid before them a testimonial signed by at least two 
Presbyters of this Church, stating that, in their opinion, he 
possesses a peculiar aptitude to teach, and a large share of 
prudence; and the Bishop, witli the consent of the Stand- 
ing Committee, shall have granted the dispensation. But 
in regard to a knowledge of the Hebrew language, the 
Bishop shall have the sole power of dispensation. 
3 



lg < TITLE!. <»:■" CANDIDA'! R3HH' AND ORDINATIONS. 

CanauVJI. § -1. J J * U J >i0CeSC where tl IC1V 18 110 J fistlOp, tllO Dcacoll 

s — "v — ' shall be examined by the Bishop to whom lie applies for 
r, tv'"<V c ' s Holy Orders, and by two or more Presbyters appointed for 
that purpose by the said Bishop. 

§ 5. No person shall be ordained u Priest in this Church 
ate** until he shall have exhibited to the Bishop testimonials 
from the Standing Committee of the Diocese for which he 
is to be ordained, which testimonials shall be signed with the 
names of a majority of all the Committee, the Committee 
being duly convened, and shall be in the following words: 

•• We, whose name- sre underwritten, members of the Standing Com- 
mittee of the l')iocc>e of — , do testify that the Rev. A. 15., Deacon, 

hath lai<i before ns satisfactory testimonials, that for the space of three 
years Last past, lie hath lived piously, soberly and honestly, and hath not 
written, taught or held anything contrary to the doctrine or discipline of 
the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States; and, more- 
over, we think him a person worthy to he admitted to the sacred Order 
of Pri,ests. In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this 
day of — '■ — , in the year of our Lord — .'* 

Testimonial* i lmt before the Standing Committee shall proceed to re- 
tee. '" ' commend any Deacon, as aforesaid, to the Bishop, such 
Deacon shall produce from the Minister and Vestry of the 
Parish where he resides, or, if the Parish be vacant, from 
the Vestry alone, testimonials of his piety, good morals and 
orderly conduct, m the following words : 

" Wc, whose names are hereunder written, do testify that the Hev. A. 
15., Deacon, hath, for the Kjiace of three years last pa«t, lived pionsly, 
soberly and honestly', and hath not, so far as we know or believe, writ- 
ten, taught or held anything contrary ;<> the doctrine or discipline of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States; and, moreover. 
v\ - e think him a person worthy to be admitted to th>; saered Order oi 

Priests. In witness whereof, wo have hereunto set pdr hands this 

day of— , in the year of our Lord ■ ." 

TesumQuiaisftoii. He shall also lay before tin: Standing Committee testi- 
monials signed by at least one respectable Preshyter of this 
Church, in the following form: 

"I do certify, that the I«ev. A. B., Deacon, has, for the spaoe of three 
\c-ars hist past, lived piously, soberly, iind honestly, and lias not, so far as 
I know or believe, written, taught or held anything contrary to the doc- 
tririe or discipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confeder- 
ate Slates; and, moreover, I think him a person worthy to he admitted 
lo the sacred' Order of Priests. This testimonial is founded on my per- 
gonal knowledge of the said licv. A. B., Deacon, for one year last past, 
and for the residue of the said time upon evidence that is satisfactory to 

me. In witness whereef, I Aave hereunto set my hand this day 

of , in the year of our Lord ." 

substitute itM § C). .But in ease an applicant for Priests' Orders shall, 
from peculiar circumstances, not affecting his pious or moral 

I 



TITLE [- OF CANDID'ATESIHT AND OIID1NATIONS. 1 1 ) 

t 

character, be unable to procure testimonials from the Minis- uauou vn. 
ter and Vestry of the Parish where he resides, or in case of 
there being no Vestry, the Standing Committee may accept 
testimonials of the purport above stated from at least 
twelve respectable members, and from at least one respect- 
able Presbyter of this Church, who has been personally ac- 
quainted with the candidate for at least one year. 



(AXON VIII. 

<>F T1IK ADMISSION OF MINISTERS ORDAINED BY IHHHOI'S 
\'<>T i>; COMMUNION WITH THIS CHURCrtJ 



When a Deacon or Priest, ordained by a Bishop not in uiuistenjonkinr 
communion with this Church, shall apply to :i Bishop for ^commifnlT^t'b 
admission into the same as a minister thereof, he shall pro-' ! " ?r, " m ' ! ' - 
duce a written certificate from at least two Presbyters of 
this Church, stating that, from personal knowledge of him. 
orsatisfaetory evidence laid before them, they believe that 
his desire to leave the communion to which he lias be- 
longed has not arisen from any circumstance unfavorable 
to his moral or religious character, or on account of which 
it may be inexpedient to admit him to the exercise, of the 
ministry in this Church; and he shall also, not less than six 
months after his application, in the presence of the .Bishop 
and two or more presbyters, subscribe the declaration con- 
tained in Article IX. of the Constitution^ which being- 
done, the Bishop, being satisfied of his theological acquire- 
ments, mnv receive him as such minister. 



CAXOX IX. 

OF MINISTERS ORDAINED rNFpfiESGK CO! NTEIES BY RISII 
OPS IN COMMUNION WITH THIS CHURCH. 

$ 1. A clergyman coming from a foreign country, and cd i |^;j^ l ( ;^; 
professing to have been ordained out oi' the Confederate ^f^^f^V;; 
States by a foreign Bishop in communion with this Church,"" ChOTrt - 
or by a Bishop consecrated for a* foreign country by Bish- 
ops of this Church under Article XT. of the Constitution. 



20 



TITLE L— Of CANDIDATESH1P AND ORDINATIONS 



Canon I\'. 



Certificate 



Letteu Dim] 
»ery. 



or by a Missionary Bishop elected to exercise Episcopal 
functions in any place or places out of the Confederate 
States, shall, before he be permitted to officiate in any 
Parish or Congregation, exhibit to the Minister, or, if there 
be no Minister, to the Vestry thereof, a certificate signed 
by the Bishop of the Diocese, or, if there be no Bishop, 
by the Standing Committee duly convened, that his letters 
or Holy, Orders are authentic, and given by some Bishop 
in communion with this Church, and whose authority is ac- 
knowledged by this Church; and, also, 'that he has ex- 
hibited to the Bishop or Standing Committee satisfactory 
evidence of his pious and moral character, and of his theo- 
logical acquirements ; and, in any case, before he shall be 
permitted to settle in any Church or Parish, or be received 
into union with any Diocese of this Church as a minister 
thereof, he shall produce to the Ecclesiastical Authority 
thereof, letters dimissory under the hand and seal of the 
Bishop with whose Diocese he has been last connected 
which letters shall be, in substance, those provided for in 
Section 7 of Canon II. ,of Title II., and shall be delivered 
within six months from the date thereof; and when such 
clergyman shall have been so received, he shall be con- 
sidered as having passed entirely from the jurisdiction of 
the Bishop from whom the letters dimissory were brought, ' 
to the full jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical Authority by 
whom they shall have been accepted, and become thereby 
subject to all the canonical provisions of" this Church : Pro- 
vided, that no such clergyman shall be so received into 
union with any Diocese until he shall have subscribed, in 
the presence of the Bishop of the Diocese in which he ap- 
plies for reception, and of two or more Presbyters, the dec- 
laration contained in Article IX. of the Constitution: 
which being done, said Bishop or Standing Committee, 
being satisfied of his theological acquirements, may receive 
him into union with this Church as a minister of the same: 
Provided, also, that such minister shall not be entitled to settle 
iu any Parish or Church, as canonically in charge of the 
same, uutil he shall, subsequently to the acceptance of his 
letters dimissory, have resided one year in the Confederate 
States. 

§ 2. And if such foreign clergyman be a Deacon, he 
shall obtain in this country the requisite testimonials of 
character, before he be ordained a Priest. 



TITLE II. 

GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS 
AND THEIR DUTIES. 



Istera. 



(AXON I. 

THE CONSENT NECESSARY FOR OFFICIATING. 

No Minister shall officiate, transiently or otherwise, in a [nweor &i* 
Congregation or vacant Parish, or in one the Rector or Min- 
ister of which is sick or absent, unless the Wardens, Vestry 
or Trustees of the "Congregation are satisfied that he is at the 
time an Episcopally ordained Minister in good and regular 
standing. When from another Diocese, letters commenda- 
tory from the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof may be re- 
quired. 



CANON II. 

GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 



§ L [1.] It is hereby required that, on the election of a Eioctioa of arm- 
Minister into any Church or Parish, the Vestry shall de- iiteM - 
liver, or cause to be delivered, to the Ecclesiastical Au- 
thority of the Diocese, notice of the same, in the following 
form : 

" We, the Church Wardens, (or, in case of an Assistant Minister, we, certificate of 
the Rector and Church Wardens) do certify to the Rt. Rev'd, (naming «>e« l «. 
the Bishop) or to the Revvd, {naming the President oj the Standing Com- 
viittee) that (naming the person) has heen duly chosen Rector (or assist- 
ant Minister, as the case may be,) of (naming the Parish or Church.)" 

Which certificate shall be signed with the names of those 
who certify. 



oo TITLE II. GENE11AL KEGULATIOXd OK MINISTERS. 

<;^ouji. [2.] If the Ecclesiastical Authority be satisfied that the 

'"^~v— ^ person so chosen is a quaiiiied Minister of ibis Church, the 

said Ecclesiastical Authority shall transmit the said certiti' 

cate to the Secretary of the Council, "who shall record it in 

a book to be kept by him for that purpose. 

i i [3.] And if the Minister be a Presbyter, the Ecclesiasti- 

cal Authority ma}', at the instance of the Vestry, proceed 
lo have him instituted according to the Office established 
by this Church, if that Office be used in the Diocese. This 
provision, concerning the use of the Office of Institution, 
is not to be considered as applying to any Congregation 
destitute of a house of worship. 
certificate to § 2. No Minister, removing from one Diocese or Mission- 

rrom w» Mocrae ary District to another, shall officiate as the Rector, Stated 
Minister, or Assistant Minister of any Parish or Congrega- 
tion of the Diocese or District to which he removes, until 
he shall have obtained from the Ecclesiastical Authority a 
certificate m the words following : 

•• I hereby certify Hint the Rev. A. 6. has been canonical!}- transferred 

to my jurisdiction, and is a Minister in regular standing.*' 

Juauat coimim- § 3. The Alms and Contributions at the administration of 
the Holy Communion shall be deposited with the Minister of 
the Parish, or with such Church officer as shall be appointed 
by him, to be applied by the Minister, or under his super- 
intendence, to such pious and charitable uses as shall by 
him be thought fit. 

Da\Y of Mini* § 4. [1.] It sball be the duty of Ministers to prepare young 
«£rti?M. ut ' persons and others for the holy ordinance of Confirmation. 
And on notice being received from the Bishop of his inten- 
tion to visit any Church for the purpose of administering 
that rite, which notice shall be at least one month before the 
intended visitation, the Minister shall give immediate notice 
to his parishioners, individually, as opportunity may offer, 
and also to the Congregation on the first occasion of public 
worship after the receipt of said notice. And he shall be 
ready to present for confirmation such persons as he shall 
think properly quaiiiied, and shall deliver to the Bishop a 
list of the names of those confirmed. 

jiMuuhectau [2.1 And at every visitation the Minister and Church 

«<*. Wardens, or Vestry, shall lay before the Bishop, it required, 

the Parish records, and give information to him of the state 

of the Congregation, under such heads as shall have been 

committed to them in the notice given as aforesaid. 

tot u- ]>:< v [3.1 And further, the Ministers and Church Wardens of 



rti Oonortl. 



% 



,-mch Congregations as cannot be conveniently visited in any 



TITLE II. (iKNi.K \l. REGULATIONS QV MINISTERS. 23 

year, shall bring or send to the Bishop, at the stated meet- cwwrair. 
ing of 1he Council of the Diocese, information of the state s "~~s — ' 
of the Congregation 1 ; under such heads as shall have been 
committed to them at least one month before the meeting 
of the Council. 

§ 5. [11.] Every Minister of this Church shall keep ;t reg- itamne&aa*. 
iste* of baptisms, confirmations, communicants, mamagee 
and funerals, within his cure, agreeably to such rules as may 
be provided by the Council of the Diocese where his cure 
lies ; and if none such be provided, then in such manner as 
in his discretion he shall think best suited to the uses of 
such a register. 

[2.] The intention of the Register of Baptisms is hereby t„ Ki . v , .<;.,„.,;. 
declared to be, as for other good uses, so especially for the ' """' * rtWp - 
proving of the right of the Church-membership of those 
who may have been admitted into this Church by the holy 
ordinance of Baptism. 

[3.] Every Minister of this Church shall make* out and lm or buhium. 
continue, as far as practicable, a list of all families and adult 
persons within his cure, which, with all other Parish records 
in his keeping, shall, in case of his removal, be entrusted to 
the "Wardens of the Church, to remain for the use of his 
successor, to be continued by him and by every future Min- 
ister in the same Parish. 

§6. II.] Xo Minister belonging to this Church shall officiating * 

£C • i- *a1 1 1 • J- ±1 • Ministers In "tlj. 

otnciate, either by preaching, reading prayers or otherwise, cures or «tbe»- 
in the Parish, or within the parochial cure of another cler- 
gyman, without the consent of the Minister of the Parish or 
cure, or, in his absence, of the Church Wardens and Vestry- • 

men, or Trustees of the Congregation, or a majority of them. 

[2.] If any Minister of this Church, from inability or segicctoraun- 
other cause, fail to perform the regular services in his Con- 
gregation, and refuse, without good cause, his consent to the 
officiating of any other Minister of this Church within his 
cure, the Church Wardens, Vestrymen" or Trustees of such 
Congregation shall, on proof of such failure or refusal before 
the Ecclesiastical Authority, or before such persons as may 
be deputed thereby, or before such persons as may be, by the 
regulations of this Church in any Diocese, vested with the 
power of hearing and deciding on complaints against Cler- 
gymen, have power, with the written consent of the before- 
mentioned authority, to open the doors of their Church to 
any regular Minister of this Church. 

I 7. [1.] A Minister of this Church removing within the < > 
jurisdiction of any Bishop or other Ecclesiastical Authority. 



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When to affect 
canonical rea- 



canon n. shall, in order to gain canonical residence within the same, 

^-^-v — ' present to said Ecclesiastical Authority a testimonial from 
the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese or Missionary 
District in which he last resided, which testimonial shall set 
forth his true standing and character. The testimonial may 
he in the following words : 

Letter . ..-■ ry. " 1 hereby certify that A. B., who has signified to ine his desire to be 

transferred to the Ecclesiastical Authority of , is a Presbyter 

(or Deacon) of , in regular standing, and has not, so far as I know 

or believe, been justly liable to evil report, for error in religion or vicious- 
ness of life*, for three years last past." 

All such testimonials shall he called Letters Dimissory. 

[2.] Xo such letters shall affect a .Minister's canonical 
residence, until, after having "been presented according to 
address, they shall have been accepted, and notification of 
such acceptance given to the, authority whence it proceeded. 
The residence of the Minister so transferred shall date from 
the acceptance of his letters dimissory. ff not presented 
within three months after date, they may he considered as 
void by the authority whence they proceeded ; and shall be 
so considered, unless they be presented within six months. 

[3.] If a Minister, removing into another Diocese, who 
lias been called to take charge of a Parish or Congregation, 
shall present a testimonial in the form aforesaid, it shall be 
the duty of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese to 
which he has removed, to accept it, unless the Bishop or 
Standing Committee should have heard rumors, which lie 
or they believe to be well founded, against the character of 
the Minister concerned, and which would form a proper 
ground of canonical inquiry and presentment; in which 
case the Ecclesiastical Authority shall communicate the same 
to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese to whose juris- 
diction the said Minister belongs; and, in such case, it shall 
not be the duty of the Ecclesiastical Authority to accept the 
testimonial unless, and until there be satisfactor}- explanation 
of such rumors. 

[4.] It shall be the duty of all Ministers, except chaplains 
in the army and navy, and professors and officers in insti- 
tutions under the direction of the General Council, to obtain 
and present letters dimissory as above described, whenever 
they remove from one Diocese or Missionary District to any 
other Diocese or Missionary District, whether Domestic or 
Foreign, and remain there for the space of six months. If, 
at the end of that time, any Minister, so removing, shall 
not have obtained and presented such letters, the Bishop of 



1.' c( i Iron. 



W 1 1 a 
tnintsd. 



When refused. 



Letters dimisso- 
ry, when not re- 
quired. 



TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 

the Diocese from which ho has removed shall have the right 
to transfer him by letters dimissory into the Diocese of the 
Bishop into whose jurisdiction he has removed. 

§ *. A Minister is settled for all purposes here or elsewhere 
mentioned in these Canons, who has been engaged perma- 
nently by any Parish, according to the rules of the Diocese 
to which the Parish belongs, or for any term not less than 
one year. 



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CA^O^N" III. 

O F B r S IT o v s . 

§ 1. To entitle a Diocese to the choice of a Bishop by the 
Council thereof, there must be, at the time of such choice, 
and have been during the year previous, a-t least six officia- 
ting Presbyters therein, regularly settled in a Parish or 
Church, and qualified to vote for a Bishop, and six or more 
Parishes represented in the Council electing. 

§ 2. [1.] Whenever the Church in any Diocese shall be 
desirous of the consecration of a Bishop elect, the Standing 
Committee of the Church in such Diocese shall, by their- 
President, or by some person or persons specially appointed, 
communicate the desire to the Standing Committees of the 
Churches in the different Dioceses, together with evidence 
of his election, and a certified copy of the following testi- 
monial : 

Testimony from the Members of the Council in the Diocese from tchence 
the Person is recommended for Consecration. 
"We, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how important it 
is that the sacred officd of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, 
and firmly persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony on this solemn 
occasion, without partiality or affection, do, in the presence of Almighty 
God, testify that A. B. is not, so far as we are informed, justly liable to 
evil report, either for error in religion, or for viciousness in life, and 
that we do not know or believe there is any impediment, on account of 
which he ought not to be consecrated to that Holy Office. We do, more- 
over, jointly and severally, declare that wo do, in our conscience, be- 
lieve him to be of such sufficiency in good learning, such soundness in 
the faith, and of such virtuous and pure manners, and godly conversa^ 
tiou, that he is apt and meet to exercise the office of a Bishop to the 
honor of God, and the edifying of His Church, and to be a wholesome ex- 
ample to the dock of Christ/ 1 

[2.]. The evidence of the consent of the Standing Com- 
mittees shall be in the form following : 
3* 



Electi 
Bishop. 



Process fur con- 
secration. 



Testimony from 
Diocesan Council. 



20 TITLE IE— (JENERAE REVELATION'S OF MINISTERS. 

canon in. Testimony from the Standing Committee of (naming the Lioeesc). 

K> ~y~~~~ / " We, whose names are underwritten, fully sensible how important it 
tii/stanS^Jcolu- is that the sacred office of a Bishop should not be unworthily conferred, 
mittee. an( j fi rm ]y persuaded that it is our duty to bear testimony, on this slemn 

occasion, without partiality or affection, do, in the presence of Almighty 
God, testify that A. B. is not, so far as we are informed, justly liable to 
evil report, either for error in religion, or for vieiousness of life; an<] 
that we do not know or believe there is any impediment, on account of 
which he ought not to be consecrated to that Holy Office, but that he 
hath, as Ave believe, ledhis life, for three years last past, piously, soberly 
and honestly." 

consent of [8.] And if the major number of the Standing Commit- 
tees shall consent to the proposed consecration, the Stand- 
ing Committee of the Diocese concerned shall forward the 
evidence of such consent, together with other testimonials, 
to the Senior Bishop of this Church, who shall communi- 
cate the same to all the Bishops of this Church in the Con- 
federate States; and if a majority of the Bishops consent 
to the consecration, the Senior Bishop, with two other 
Bishops, or any three Bishops to whom he may communi- 
cate the testimonials, may proceed to perform the same. 
consecration of [4. J "When the election of a Bishop occurs within the 
v1fh I \Vthr t e e e three months preceding the regular meeting of the General 
raeeun| Vf the Council, the Standing Committee of the Diocese shall com- 
Gencai coundi. municate to tlie General Council the desire of the Diocese 
for the consecration of the Bishop elect, together with evi- 
dence of his election, and the testimonial required by § 2, 
[1.] of this Canon; and, if a majority of both Orders in the 
House of Deputies shall consent to the proposed consecra- 
tion, and shall sign and transmit to the House of Bishops 
the testimony contained in § 2. [2.] of this Canon ; and if a 
majority of the Bishops entitled to seats in the House of 
Bishops shall consent to the proposed consecration, the Pre- 
siding Bishop shall take order for the samfe. 
piace of con!-- [5.] The consecration of a Bishop shall, if practicable, 
take place always in the Diocese of which he is the Bishop 
elect. 
Age. § 8. No man shall be consecrated a Bishop of this Church 

until he shall be thirty years old. 
ant Bish- § 4. Wlien a Bishop of a Diocese is unable, by reason of 
old age, or other permanent cause of infirmity, to discharge 
his Episcopal duties, one Assistant Bishop may be elected 
by and for the said Diocese, who shall, in all cases, succeed 
the Bishop, in case of surviving him. The Assistant Bishop 
shall perform such Episcopal duties, and exercise such Epis- 
copal authority in the Diocese, as the Bishop shall assign to 



TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 27 

liim; and, in case of the Bishop's inability to assign such canon m. 

duties, declared by the Council of the Diocese, the Assist- '^~~v~^ 

ant Bishop shall, during such inability, perform all the 

duties, and exercise all the authorities which appertain to 

the office of a Bishop. ISTo person shall be elected or con- No sunvagans. 

secrated a Suffragan Bishop, nor shall there be more than 

one Assistant Bishop in a Diocese at the same time. 

§ 5. [1.] Every Bishop of this Church shall visit the tat ? p i*° 1)al viii - 
Churches within his Diocese at least once in three years, for 
the purpose of examining the *etate of his Church, inspect- 
ing the behaviour of his clergy, administering the apostolic 
rite of confirmation, ministering the Word, and if he think 
fit, administering the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper to 
the people committed to his charge, and shall keep a register 
of all his official acts. — 

[2.] No Bishop of this Church shall reside beyond the d Episcopal «*- 
limits of his Diocese, unless with the consent of three , 
fourths of his Diocesan Council given at each of its Sessions. 

§ 6. It shall be lawful for any Bishop of a Diocese, who to Bishofcataent 
is about to leave or has left his Diocese, with the intention 
of going out of the limits of the Confederate States, or if 
remaining out of his Diocese for the space of three calendar 
mouths, although without leaving the Confederate States, 
to authorize, by writing under his hand and seal, the Assist- 
ant Bishop, or, should there be none, the Standing Com- 
mittee of such Diocese, to act as the Ecclesiastical Authority 
thereof. The Assistant Bishop, or Standing Committee so 
authorized, shall thereupon become the Ecclesiastical Au- 
thority of such Diocese, to all intents and purposes, until 
such writing shall be revoked, or the Bishop shall return 
within the Diocese : Provided, That nothing in this Canon 
shall be so construed as to prevent any Bishop, who may have 
signed such writing, from exercising his jurisdiction himself, 
so far as the same may be practicable, during his absence 
from his Diocese, or from permitting and authorizing any 
other Bishop to perform Episcopal offices for him. 

§ 7. The Bishop of each Diocese may compose forms of ^E^ 
prayer or thanksgiving, as the case may require, for extra- ^^J^*^ 3 ^ 
ordinary occasions, and transmit them to each Clergyman 
within his Diocese, whose duty it shall be to use such forms 
in his Church on such occasions. And the Clergy in those 
States or Dioceses, or other places within the bounds of this 
Church, in which there is no Bishop, may use the formof 
prayer or thanksgiving composed by the Bishop of any Dio- 
cese. The Bishop in each Diocese may also compose forms of 
prayer to be used before legislative and other public bodies. 



Og TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 

canon in. § 8. Any Bishop exercising jurisdiction, may, on the in- 

N — v — ' vitation of the Council or the Standing Committee of any 

v a ?a p nf^occs«; iD Diocese where there is no Bishop, or where the Bishop is, 
for the time, under a disability to perform Episcopal Offices 
by reason of a judicial sentence, visit and perform Episcopal 
Offices in that Diocese, or in any part thereof; and this 
invitation may be tcmporaiw, and it may at any time be 
revoked. 

sion^Ti'shop'. 15 ' § 9. [1.] The House of Deputies may, from time to time, 
on nomination by the House of Bishops, elect a suitable 
person to be a Bishop of this Church, to exercise Episcopal 
functions dn States or Territories not organized into Dio- 

dem*o? ekrtton? ceses. The evidence of such election shall be a certificate, 
to be subscribed by a constitutional majority of said House 
of Deputies, in the form required by § 2. of this Canon to 
be given by^the members of Diocesan Councils, on the re- 
commendation of Bishops elect for consecration, which 
certificate shall be produced to the House of Bishops ; and 
if the House of Bishops shall consent to the consecration, 
they may take order for that purpose. 
jurisdiction. [2.] The Bishop so elected and consecrated shall exercise 
Episcopal functions in such States and Territories, in con- 
formity with the Constitution and Canons of this Church, 
and under such regulations and instructions, not inconsis- 
tent therewith, as the House of Bishops may prescribe ; 
and the House of Bishops may at any time increase or di- 
minish the number of States or Territories over which the 
said Bishop or Bishops shall exercise Episcopal functions. 
vacancy. [3.] In case of the death or resignation of a Missionary 

Bishop, or of vacancy by other cause, the charge of the 
vacant Missionary Episcopate shall, until another Bishop be 
elected and consecrated, devolve on the, senior Bishop of 
this Church, with the power of appointing some other 
Bishop as his substitute in said charge. 

cesan! giWe as Do ' [4-] Any Bishop elected and consecrated under this sec- 
tion, shall be eligible to the office of Diocesan Bishop in any 
organized Diocese within the Confederate States, with the 
consent of three-fourths of the Bishops having seats in the 
House of Bishops, and of the Standing Committees of three 
fourths of the several Dioceses, said consent to be signified 
to the Senior Bishop and announced by him ; or, if the 
Missionary Bishop be elected Diocesan within three months 
preceding the meeting of the General Council, with the 
consent of three-fourths of both orders present in the House* 
of Deputies, and of three-fourths of the Bishops present in- 
the House of Bishops. And whenever a Diocese shall have 



TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTTRS. 29 

been organized within the jurisdiction of such Missionary canon m. , 
Bishop, if he shall he chosen Bishop of such Diocese, he v — v — ' 
may accept the office, and shall thereby vacate his mission- 
ary appointment : Provided, That he continue to discharge 
the duties of Missionary Bishop within the residue of his 
original jurisdiction, if there be such residue, until the 
meeting of the next General Council. 

[5.] Every such Bishop may yearly appoint two Presby- 
ters, and two Laymen communicants of this Church, resi- ^ May appoint 
dent within his missionary jurisdiction, to perform the mme. s 
duties of a Standing Committee for such jurisdiction : 
Provided, That no Standing Committee constituted under 
this Section shall have power to give or refuse assent to the 
consecration of a Bishop. 

[6.] Every such Bishop shall report to each General Coun- 
cil his'official acts, and the state and eondition.of the Church enucoun'n. 00 "' 
in said States and Territories of the Confederate States. 

§ 10. [1.] The House of Deputies may, from time to 
time, on nomination by the House of Bishops, elect a suit- 
able person to be a Bishop of this Church, to exercise : r™«m mw 
Episcopal functions in any missionaiy station of this ' 
Church out of the Territory of the Confederate States, ' 
which the House of Bishops, with the concurrence of the 
House of Deputies, may have designated. The evidence 
of such election sjhall be a certificate, to be subscribed by a 
constitutional majority of said House of Deputies, express- Evidence of eiec- 
ing their assent to the said nomination, which certificate °°' 
shall be produced to the House of Bishops : and if the 
House of Bishops shall consent to the consecration, they 
may take order for that purpose. 

^ [2.] Any Bishop elected and consecrated under this Sec- 
tion, or any foreign Missionary Bishop heretolore conse- 
crated to exercise Episcopal functions in any place or country Jurisdiction. 
which may have been thus designated, shall have no juris- 
diction, except in the place or country for which he has 
been elected and consecrated. He shall be entitled to a 
seat, but not a vote, in the House of Bishops. He shall 
not become a Diocesan Bishop in any organized Diocese 
within the Confederate States, unless with ihe consent of 
three-fourths of all the Bishops entitled to seats in the 
House of Bishops, and also with the consent of the Stand- 
ing Committees of three-fourths of the Dioceses. 

[3.] Any Bishop elected and consecrated under this Sec- 
tion, or any Foreign Missionary Bishop heretofore conse'- May ohms. 
crated, may ordain as Deacons or Presbyters, to officiate 



30 TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTER.-. 

. canon in. within the limits of his Mission, any persons of the age 
,s "~~ v ' required by the Canons of this Church, who shall exhibit to 

onu^ ,0,,I,islsl ,r hi m t nc testimonials required by Canons A', and VII. of 
Title I., signed by not less than two of the ordained Mission- 
aries of this Church who may be subject to his charge: 
Provided, „ nevertheless, That if there be only one ordained 
Missionary attached to the Mission, and capable of acting 
at the time, the signature of a Presbyter, under the jurisdic- 
tion of any Bishop in communion with this Church, in good 
standing, may be admitted to supply the deficiency. 
dispensation. [4.] Any Foreign Missionary Bishop consecrated under 
this Section, or heretofore consecrated, may, by and with 
the advice of two Presbyters, one of whom, if necessity re- 
quire, shall be a Presbyter in good standing under the juris- 
diction of any Bishop in communion with this Church, dis- 
pense with those studies required from a candidate* for Or- 
riovisos. ders by the Canons of this Church : Provided, No person 
shall be ordained Priest by him, who has not passed a satis- 
factory examination, in the presence of two Presbyters, as 
to his theological learning and aptitude to teach: And j)ro- 
vided, j arther, That no person shall be ordained Deacon by 
him, until he shall have been a candidate for at least one 
ons " year. Nor shall any Deacon or Priest, who shall have been 
ordained under this Section, be allowed to hold any cure, 
or officiate in the Church in these Confederate States, until 
he shall have complied with existing Canons, relating to 
the learning of persons to be ordained. 

jurisdiction over [q! Anv Foreign Missionarv Bishop elected and conse- 

resident Clergy- L J J O «/ ■*■»»■•• -r»> 1 

wen. crated under this Section, or any ± oreign Missionary Bishop 

heretofore consecrated, shall have jurisdiction and govern- 
ment according to the Canons of this Church, over all 
Missionaries or Clergymen of this Church, resident in the 
district or country for which he may have been consecrated. 

Starting com- [qi Every such Bishop may yearly appoint not less than 
two, nor more than live Presbyters, resident within his 
missionary jurisdiction, to act as a Standing Committee, 
upon all questions pertaining to the interests thereof; and, 
in case of the absence of the Bishop from his jurisdiction, 
or of a vacancy in the Episcopate, said Standing Commit- 
tee shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of such missionary 
jurisdiction. 

Kepon t..Gene- [7.] Every Bishop elected and consecrated under this 
Section, or Foreign Missionary Bishop heretofore consecra- 
ted, shall report to each General Council his official acts^ 
and the state of the Mission under his supervision. 



niittee. 



Tal Council. 



TITLE II. -GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 31 

§ 11. [1.] A Diocese without a Bishop, or of which the canwiii. 
Bishop is for the time under a disability by reason of a ^"^^iLot 
judicial sentence, may, by its Council, be placed under the a^Bishopjiiaced 
full Episcopal charge and authority of the Bishop of another another BisKop. 
Diocese, or of a 'Missionary Bishop, who shall by that act 
be authorized to perform all the duties and offices of the 
Bishop of the Diocese so vacant or having the Bishop disa- 
bled ; until, in the case of a vacant Diocese, a Bishop be 
duly elected and consecrated for the same ; and, in the case 
of a Diocese whose Bishop is disqualified as aforesaid, until 
the disqualification be removed ; or until, in cither case, the 
said act of the Council be revoked. 

[2.] !No Diocese thus placed under the full charge and ^^'late^S 
authority of the Bishop of another Diocese, or a Missionary J^ge! 8 such 
Bishop, shall invite a second Bishop to perform any Episco- 
pal duty, or exercise authority, till its connection with the 
first Bishop has expired or is revoked. 

§ 12. [1.] If, during the session of the General Council, Episcopal resist- 
or within six calendar months before the meeting of any 
such Council, a Bishop shall desire to resign his jurisdiction, 
he shall make known in writing to the House of Bishops 
such his desire, together with the reasons moving him 
thereto; whereupon the House of Bishops may investigate investigation 
the whole case of the proposed resignation, including not 
only the facts and reasons that may be set forth in the appli- 
cation for the proposed resignation, but any other facts and 
circumstances bearing upon it, so that the whole subject of 
the propriety or necessity of such resignation may be placed 
fully before the House of Bishops. 

r2.] An investigation having thus been made, the House House of Bisu- 
„ L T ■,.-'■. -i-i i • i" • -ii °i is "* accept oi 

of Bishops may decide on the application ; and, by the vote rcflwe - 

pi a majority of those present, accept or refuse to accept 

such resignation ; and, in all cases of a proposed resignation, 

the Bishops shall cause their proceedings to be recorded on 

their journal ; and, in case of acceptance, the resignation 

shall be complete when thus recorded ; and notice thereof 

shall be given to the House of Deputies. 

[3.] In case a Bishop* should desire to resign at any period ri *tefCtfGe£ 

not within six calendar months before the meeting of a «rai council. 

General Council, he shall make known to the .senior Bishop 

such his desire, with the reasons moving him thereunto ; 

whereupon the senior Bishop shall communicate, without 

delay, a copy of the same to every Bishop of this Church 

having Ecclesiastical jurisdiction within the Confederate 

States ; and also to the Standing Committee of the Diocese 



32 TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 

canon in. to which the Bishop desiring to resign may belong ; and, 

v *"pv~~" / at the same time; summon said Bishops to meet him in per- 
son, at a place to be by him designated, and at a time not 
less than three calendar months from the date of his sum- 
mons ; and, should a number not less than a majority of all 
the said Bishops meet at the time aud place designated, 
they shall then have all the powers given by the previous 
clauses of this Section to the House of Bishops; and, should 
a number less than a majority assemble, they shall have 
power to adjourn from time to time, until they can secure 
the attendance of a majority of all the said Bishops. Should 
a proposed resignation of a Bishop be accepted at any meet- 
ing of the Bishops for that purpose held during a recess, 
then the senior Bishop present shall pronounce such resig- 

No8«. nation complete, and communicate the same to the Eccle- 
siastical Authority of each Diocese, who shall cause the 
same to be communicated to the several Clergymen in charge 
of Congregations therein. And it shall be the further duty 
of the senior Bishop to cause sucji resignation to be for- 

rvC:oriI mally recorded on the journal of the House of Bishops that 
may meet in General Council next thereafter. If the Bishop 
if senior Bbhop. desirous of resigning should be the senior Bishop, then all 
the duties directed in this Section to be performed by the se- 
nior Bishop shall devolve upon the Bishop next in seniority. 
Resigned Ksh- [4.] jSTo Bishop whose resignation of the Episcopal juris- 
!Sofcfe blc t0 no diction of a Diocese has been consummated pursuant to 
this Section, shpll be eligible to any Diocese now in union, 
or which may hereafter be admitted into union, with this 
Church ; but he may perform Episcopal acts at the request 
of any Bishop of this Church within tho limits of his 
Diocese. 
Bishops without [5.] A Bishop, who ceases to have charge, of a Diocese,, 
Ctenlreicouncii! shall still be subject in all matters to the Canons and au- 
thority of the General Council. 
Rofenation of [6.] In case a suspended Bishop of this Church should 
»uspen5ed Bishop. d es i re to resign at any period not within six calendar 
months before the meeting of a General Council, he shall 
make known by letter to the senror Bishop such desire ; 
whereupon the senior Bishop shall communicate a copy of 
the same to each Bishop of this Church having jurisdiction 
within the Confederate States ; and, in case a majority of 
such Bishops shall return to the senior Bishop their written 
assent to such resignation, the same shall be deemed valid 

Notice, and.final ; and written information of the said resignation 
shall at once be communicated by the senior Bishop to the 



TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 33 

Bishop and Diocese concerned, and to each Bishop of this canon m. 
Church. And it shall be the farther duty of the senior ^v ' 
Bishop to cause such resignation to be formally recorded Record 
on the journal of the House of Bishops that may meet in 
General Council next thereafter. 



CANON IV. 

OF A LIST OF THE MINISTERS OF THIS CHURCH. 

§ 1. The Secretary of the House of Deputies shall keep secretary of 
a register of all the Clergy of this Church, whose names tuX keep a $*- 
shall be delivered to him in the following manner, that is 
to say : The Ecclesiastical Authority of this Church, in each 
Diocese,, shall, at the time of each General Council, deliver 
to the said Secretary a list of the names of all the Minis- 
ters of this Church in their proper Dioceses, annexing the 
names of their respective cures, or of their stations in any 
Colleges or other Seminaries of Learning ; or, in regard to 
those who have not any cures or other stations, their places 
of residence only ; and the said list shall, from time to 
time, be published in the journals of the General Council. 

§ 2. The Ecclesiastical Authority 4 of each Diocese shall, Admission «r 
during the intervals between the' meetings of the General -notifled. i 
Council, take such means of making known the admission 
of Ministers among them, as shall tend to prevent ignorant 
and unwary people from being imposed on by persons pre- 
tending to be authorized Ministers of this Church. 



CANON V. 

OF fllE MODE OF SECURING AN ACCURATE VIEW OF THE 
STATE OF THE CHURCH. 

§ 1. As a full and accurate view of the state of the statement m i-a- 
Church, from time to time, is highly useful and necessary, 
it is hereby ordered that every Minister of this Church, or 
if the Parish be vacant, the Wardens or Vestry, shall dc- 
4 



rochial Reports. 



34 TITLE ILt-GEKERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 

canon v. liver, on or before the first day of every Diocesan Council, 
v Tf w to the Bishop of 'the Diocese, or -where there is no Bishop, 
to the President of the Council, a statement of the number 
of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and funerals, and of 
the number of communicants in his Parish or Church, also 
the state and condition of the Sunday Schools in his Parish, 
also of the amount of the Communion alms, the contribu- 
tions for Missions, Diocesan, Domestic and Foreign, for 
Parochial schools, for Church purposes in general, and of 
all other matters that may throw light on the state of the 

setucrt rg to m tepoit same. And every Clergyman, not regularly settled in , any 

renricea. Parish or Church, shall also report the occasional services 

he ma} T have performed ; and, if he have performed no 
such services, the causes or reasons which have prevented 
the same. And these reports, or such parts of them as the 
Bishop shall think fit, may be read in Council, and shall be 
entered on the journals thereof. 

Hahop's Address. § 2. At every annual Diocesan Council, the Bishop shall 
deliver an address, stating the affairs of the Dioces^ since 
the last meeting of the Council ; the names of the Churches 
which he has visited ; the number of persons confirmed ; 
the names of those who have been received as candidates 
for Orders, and of those who have been ordained, suspen-, 
ded, or degraded ; the changes by death, removal, or other- 
wise, which have taken place among the Clergy ; and, in 
general, all matters tending to throw light on the affairs of 
the Diocese ; which address shall be inserted on the journals. 
Putj of imocc- §8. The Secretaries' of the several Diocesan Councils 
shall forward to the House of Deputies, at every General 
Council, the journals of the different Diocesan Councils, 
Episcopal Charges, Addresses and Pastoral Letters since 
the last General Council, together with such other papers 
us may tend to throw light on the state of the Church in 
committee on in each Diocese. A Committee shall then be appointed to 

<:i.urciK L ( draw up a view of the state of the Church, and to make 
report to the House of Deputies; which report, when agreed 
to by the said House, shall be sent to the House of Bishops, 
with a request that they will prepare and publish a Pastoral 
pastomi Letter. Letter to the members of the Church. When any such 
letter is published, every Clergyman having a Pastoral 
charge shall read it to his Congregation on some occasion 
of public worship, 
condensed Re- § 4. The Bishop and Standing Committee of the Church 

Etocwe?" 1 La " in every Diocese, or, if there be no Bishop, the Standing 
Committee only, shall, prepare, previously to the meeting of 



TITLE II — GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 35 

I 

every General Council, a condensed report, and a tabular canon v. 
view of the state of the Church in their Diocese, com- ' — * — ' 
prising therein a summary of the statistics from the paro- 
chial reports, and from the Bishop's addresses, specifying 
the capital and proceeds of the Episcopal fund, aud of all 
benevolent and missionary associations of Churchmen 
within the Diocese, for the purpose of aiding the Commit- 
tee on the state of the Church, appointed by the House of 
Deputies, in drafting their reports. 



can ox VI. 

OF THE MODE OF PUBLISHING AUTHORIZED EDITION'S OF 
THE STANDARD BIBLE OF THIS CHURCH. 

The Ecclesiastical Authority in each Diocese of this rawona ofjta 
Church shall appoint, from time to time, some suitable rected br the 

11 , , i 11 ■ v.- Standard. 

person or persons, to compare and correct all new editions 
of the Bible by the standard edition agreed upon by the 
General Council, and a certificate of their having been so 
compared and corrected shall be published with said book. 



CANOX VII. 

OF PUBLISHING EDITIONS OF THE I'.OOK of COMMON 
PRAYER. 

The Ecclesiastical Authoritv of this Church, in each (Wet jamma 
Diocese, shall appoint one or more Presbyters of the Dio- »««*. 
cese, who shall compare and correct every new edition of 
the Book of Common Prayer, the Articles, Offices, Metro 
j Psalms and Hymns, by a copy of the standard edition; and 
a certificate, specifying the name of the PifWishing House 
and the date of said edition, and that it has been so com- 
pared and corrected, shall be published with the same. And 
in case any edition shall be published without such correc- 
tion, it shall be the duty of the said Ecclesiafstical Author- 
ity to give public notice that such edition is not authorized 
by the Church. 



36 



TITLE II.— GENERAL REGULATIONS OF MINISTERS. 



Canon VIII. 



Psr«ch!al instruc 
tion. 



CANON vni. 

OF PAROCHIAL INSTRUCTION. 

The Ministers of this Church who have charge of par- 
ishes or cures, shall not only be diligent in instructing the 
children in the Catechism, but shall, also, by stated cate- 
chetical lectures and instruction, be diligent in informing 
the youth and others in the Doctrine, Constitution and 
Liturgy of the Church. 



TITLE III. 
OF DISCIPLINE. 



PunlshnU* of- 



CANON I. 

OF AMENABILITY AND OFFENCES FOR WHICH A MINISTER 
MAY BE TRIED AND PUNISHED. 

§ 1. Every Minister shall be amenable for offences com- ToTvhom Min. 
mitted by him to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese 18tersamena lc ' 
in which he is canonically resident at the time of the charge. 

§ 2. Every Minister shall be liable to presentment and 
trial, for any crime or immorality, for disorderly conduct, fcnces - 
for drunkenness, for profane swearing, for frequenting places 
liable to be abused to licentiousnesness, and for violation of 
the Constitution or Canons of this Church, or of the Diocese 
to which he belongs ; and, on being found guilty, he shall 
be admonished, suspended, or degraded, according to the 
Canons of the Diocese in which the trial takes place. 

§ 3. A Clergyman who presents a person to the Bishop for LUbUitT of 
Holy Orders, as specified in the office for Ordination, with- S?t r f U g men pre * 
out having good grounds to believe that the requisitions of 
the Canons have been complied with, shall be liable to 
Ecclesiastical censure. 

§ 4. If a Minister of this Church shall be accused, by proceed^ on 
public rumour, of discontinuing all exercise of the minisie- pubUc rumc ' , "'• 
rial office without lawful cause, or of living in the habitual 
disuse of public worship or of the Holy Eucharist, accord- 
ing to the offices of this Church, or of being guilty of scan- 
dalous, immoral or disorderly conduct, or of violating the 
Canons, or preaching or inculcating heretical doctrine, it 
shall be the duty of the Bishop, or, if there be no Bishop, 
of the Clerical members of the Standing Committee, to see 
that an inquiry be instituted as to the truth of such public 



38 TITLE III.— OF IMS* "I I'M ST.. 

canon l rumour. Aud in case of the individual being proceeded 
""""""* — ' against and convicted according to such rules or process as 
may be provided by the Councils of the respective Dioceses, 
he shall be admonished, suspended or degraded, as the nature 
of the case may require, in conformity with their respective 
Constitutions and Canons. 



CAXOX II. 

TRIAL OF PRESBYTERS AJSTD DEACONS [JNDEB MISSIONARY 

JURISDICTION. 

§ 1. The jurisdiction of this Church extending in right, 
presentment, though not always in form, to all persons belonging to it 
within the Confederate States aud Territories, it is hereby 
enacted, that each Missionary Bishop shall have jurisdiction 
over the clergy in the district assigned him, and may, in 
case a presentment and trial of a clergyman become proper, 
request the action of any Presbyters and Standing Com- 
mittee, in any Diocese suilicicntly near, and the present- 
ment and trial shall be according to the Constitution aud 
Canons of said Diocese. Or, if there be .a Standing Com- 
mittee appointed by the Missionary Bishop, the clerical 
members thereof may make presentment, and the trial 
shall take place according to the Constitution aud Canons 
of any Diocese of this Church which may have been 
selected at the time of the appointment of such Standing 
Committee : Provided, That the Court shall be composed of 
at least three Presbyters, excluding the members of the 
Standing Committee and the accused. 

§ 2. If any Minister of this Church, acting under a For- 
Prtaig. eign Missionary appointment, and within the jurisdiction 
of a Foreign Missionary Bishop of this Church, shall com- 
mit any offence for which Ministers may be tried and pun- 
ished, or shall refuse obedience to the lawful authority 
of the Missionary Bishop, such Clergyman shall be pro- 
ceeded against according to the Constitution aud Canons of 
any Diocese in this Church, which may have been selected 
at the tin\e of the appointment of the Standing Committee 
of such missionary jurisdiction : Provided, That a present- 
ment shall first be made by the members of said Standing 



TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. gcj, 

Committee, or, if the accused party be a member of the cammii. 
Standing Committee, by the other member or •members v — * — ' 
thereof. 

§ 3. The Court for the trial of such Minister shall consist The court, 
of five Presbyters, excluding the members of the Standing 
Committee; or, if there be not five, then of all the mem- 
bers of such missionary jurisdiction. If tliere be more 
than five,, then shall the Standing Committee select, by lot, 
the five who shall compose the Court, which Court shall 
proceed in the trial, according to the Canons of the General 
Council of this Chhurch, so far as the same may be appli- 
cable to such a case ; and where no provision is made ade- 
quate to the exigency, the Court shall consider and adjudge 
the case according to the principles of law and equity 

§ 4. The sentence of the Court shall be rendered to the sentence. 
Bishop of such missionary jurisdiction, who shall have 
power to revise and modify the same, and the decision of the 
Bishop shall be final and conclusive. 



CANOX III. 

OF A CLERGYMAN IN ONE DIOCESE OR MISSIONARY 

DISTRICT CHAGEABLE WITH MISDEMEANOR 

IN ANOTHER. 

§1. If a Clergyman of this. Church, belonging to any omaioeo 
Diocese or Missionary District, shall, in any other Diocese diomU* 1 
or Missionary District, conduct himself in such a way as to 
be chargeable with misdemeanor, the Ecclesiastical Author-* 
ity thereof shall give notice of fhe same to the Ecclesiastical 
Authority where he is canonically resident, exhibiting, with 
the information given, reasonable ground for presuming its 
correctness! If the Ecclesiastical Authority, when thus 
• informed, shall omit, for the space of three months, to pro- 
ceed against the offending Clergyman, the Ecclesiastical 
Authority of the Diocese or Missionary District, within 
which the alleged offence was committed, may intetitutc 
proceedings, and the decision given shall be conclusive. 

§2. If a Clergyman shall come temporarily into any Bishop may a*. 
iocese, under the imputation ot having elsewhere been 
guilty of- any crime or misdemeanor, or if any Clergyman, 
while sojourning in any Diocese, shall misbehave, the 



40 TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 

canon in. Bishop, upon probable cause, may admonish such Clergy- 
v v ' man, and 'forbid him to officiate in said Diocese. And if, 
after such prohibition, the said Clergyman so officiate, the 
Ecclesiastical Authority shall give notice to all the Clergy 
and Congregations in said Diocese, that the officiating of 
the said Clergyman is prohibited; and like notice shall be 
given to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese to 
which the said Clergyman belongs. And such prohibition 
shall continue in force, until the Ecclesiastical Authority of 
the first named Diocese be satisfied of the innocence of the 
said Clergyman, or until he be acquitted on trial, 
case of cicrgy § 3. The provisions of the last Section shall apply to 

men ordained ia ,-*■, ■*■-.. -.. P . .. -, -r»- i • 

foreign countries. Clergymen ordained in foreign countries by Bishops in 
communion with this Church : Provided, That in such case 
notice of the prohibition shall be given to the Ecclesiastical 
Authority under whose jurisdiction the Clergyman shall 
appear to have last been, and also to all the Bishops exer- 
cising jurisdiction in this Church. 



CAXON IV. 

Of i;i-:xrxciATiON" of the ministry. 

mere n» pro- § 1 . If any Minister of this Church, against whom there 
ins- '" " is no Ecclesiastical proceeding instituted, shall declare, in 

writing, to the Ecclesiastical Authority to which he belongs, 
his renunciation of the Ministry, and his design not to 
officiate in future in any of the offices thereof, said Eccle- 
siastical Authority shall record the declaration so made. 
The Bishop shall then depolfe him from the Ministry, and 
pronounce and record in the presence of two or more Cler- 
gymen, that the person so declaring has been deposed from 
the Ministry of this Church ; and if there be no* Bishop in 
such Diocese, the same sentence may be pronounced by the 
Bishop of any other Diocese invited by the Standing Com- 
mittee to attend for that purpose, 
suspension of §2. If the Ecclesiastical Authority, to whom such decla- 
ration renouncing the Ministry is made, shall have reason 
to believe that the person has acted unadvisedly and hastily, 
all action thereupon may be forborne for the space of not 
more than six months, during which time the person may 
withdraw his application. 



u.tion. 



TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 

§ 3. If tlic Bishop shall haw ground to s tlie 

person to bo liable to presentment for any.cauoni,cal offence, 
he may, in his discretion, and with, the consent of the 
Standing Committee, proceed to"' nave the aprplicaat put 
iipon his trial, notwithstanding his having made the afor 
declaration ; and the same discretion is allowed to the 
ling Committee, 1 in case the Diocese should be without 
a Bishop. 

§ 4. In the case of deposition from the Ministry, as above 
provided for, the Bishop snail give notice thereof to the 
Ecclesiastical Authority of every Diocese of this Church; 
and if the i Iergyman be dcpn.-v.vd for anything involving 
moral degradation, such notieo shall be road before every 
congregation of the Diocese to which lie belongs, on the 
occasion of public worship next After the reception of 
notice. 



41 



Cauon IV. 



of dero- 

■■■<. 



CAXOX A'. 



OF THE AEAXDONMCXT OF THE COMMUNIOlj OF THIS 
Ciirilv'Il BY A PBESBJTTEK OR DEACON. 

§ 1. h' any Presbyter or Deacon shall, without availing 
himself of the provisions of Canon IV. of this Title, abandon 
the Communion of this Church, either by an open renun- 
ciation of the doctrine, discipline, and worship of this 
Church, or by a formal admission into any religious body 
not in communion with the same, it shall be the duty of the 
Standing Committee of the Diocese to make certificate of 
the fact to the Bishop of the Diocese, or, if there be no 
Bishop, to the Bishop of an adjacent Diocese; which certi- 
ficate shall be recorded, and shall be taken and deemed by 
the Bishop as equivalent to a renunciation of the Ministry 
by the Minister himself. Notice shall then be given to the 
said Minister, by the said Bishop receiving the certificate, 
that unless he shall, within six months after being notified, 
make declaration that the facts alleged in said certificate are 
false, he will be deposed from the Ministry of this Church. 

§ 2. And if such declaration be not made within six 
months as aforesaid, the Bishop shall depose said Minister 
from the Ministry, and pronounce and record, in the pres- 
ence of two or more Presbyters, that he has been so deposed. 
4* 



Abandonment 

I II b lilt reu u li- 
gation. 



Certificate. 



Deposition. 



42 v TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 

canon v. Provided, nevertheless, That if the Minister so renouncing 

^-^v — ' shall transmit to the Bishop receiving the certificate, a 

rroviso. re t r action of the acts or declarations constituting his offence, 

the Bishop may, at his discretion, abstain from any further 

proceedings. 



CANON VI. 

OF A CLERGYMAN ABSENTING HIMSELF FROM HIS DIOCESE. 

May be suspended. When a Clergyman has been absent from the Diocese to 
which he belongs, during two years, without reasons satis- 
factory to the Bishop thereof, he shall be required by the 
Bishop to declare the cause or causes thereof in writing; 
and if he refuse to give his reasons, or if they be deemed 
insufficient by the Bishop, the Bishop, after due notification 
of such insufficiency, may, with the advice and consent of 
the Clerical Members of the Standing Committee, suspend 
how long, him from the Ministry; which suspension shall continue 
until he shall give, in writing, sufficient reasons for his 
absence, or until he shall renew his residence in his Diocese, 
or until he shall renounce the Ministry according to Canon 
IV. of this Title. In the case of such suspension as the 

Notice to be given above provided for, the Bishop shall give notice thereof 
to the Ecclesiastical Authority of every Diocese of this 
Church. 



CANON VII. 

OF THE ABANDONMENT OF THE COMMUNION OF THE 
CHURCH BY A BISHOP. 

Abandonment If any Bishop abandon the Communion of this Church, 
Sp unl0 °' y either by openly renouncing its doctrine, discipline and 
worship, or by formally uniting himself with any religious 
body not in communion with the same, the Standing Com- 
mittee of the Diocese shall make certificate of the fact to 
the Senior Bishop, which certificate shall be recorded, and 
shall be taken and deemed as equivalent to a renunciation 
of the Ministry by the Bishop himself. 



TITLE [II.— OF DISCIPLINE. & 

Notice shall then be given to said Bishop by the Senior canon vn. 
Bishop receiving the certificate, that unless he shall, within „ ^"7Y~ "^ 
six months after being notified, make declaration that the 
facts alleged in said certificate are false, he will be deposed 
from the Ministry of this Church. 

, ,And if such declaration be not made within six months Deposition. 
as aforesaid, the Seni6r. Bishop,. with the consent of the 
majority of the Bishops entitled to seats in the House of 
Bishops, shall depose from the Ministry the Bishop so cer- 
tified as abandoning, and shall pronounce and record, in 
the presence of two or more Bishops, that he has been so 
deposed. 



CANON VIII. 
OF THE TRIAL OF A BISLIOF. 

§ 1. Any Bishop of this Church may be presented for may c bo t r riTd ich 
trial on charges for the following offences, viz : (1.) Crime 
or immorality. (2.) Holding and teaching publicly, or pri- 
vately and advisedly, any doctrine contrary to that held by 
the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States. 
(3.) Violation of the Constitution or Canons of the General 
Council. (4.) Violation of the Constitution or Canons of 
the Diocese to which he belongs. (5.) Any act which 
involves a breach of his Ordination or Consecration vows, charges in -a-rums. 

§ 2. [1.] The proceedings shall commence by charges in 
writing ; and, except when the charge is holding and teach- 
ing doctrine contrary to that held by this Church, shall be 
signed by either 

Five male Communicants of this Church, in good stand- 
ing, belonging to the Diocese of the accused, of whom two 
at least must be Presbyters ; or, 

By seven male Communicants of this Church, in good 
standing, of whom two at least shall be Presbyters, and three 
of which seven shall belong to the Diocese of the accused. 

[2.] Whenever a Bishop o£ this Church shall have reason mo ^ tioa oa ra - 
to believe that there are in circulation rumours, reports, or 
charges affecting his moral or religious character, he may, 
if he please, acting in conformity with the written advice and 
consent of any two of his brother Bishops whom he may 
select, demand of the Presiding Bishop of the House of 
Bishops, or if he be the Bishop affected by such rumours, 



4 t . ' TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 

canon vin; or if be be related to him within the degrees hereinafter 
s — v-- / mentioned, then to the Bishop next in seniority not so 
related, to convene a Board of Inquiry in the mode herein- 
after set forth, to investigate such rumours, reports, and 
charges, and to proceed, in all respects, according to the 
provisions of this Canon, as if charges had been formally 
made in either of the two modes first mentioned in this 
section. • • 

Lay Advocate. |"o.] "Whenever charges are formally made in either of 
the modes first above mentioned, the accusers may, if they 
choose, select a Lay Communicant of this Church, of the 
profession oi the law, to act as their adviser, advocate and 
agent, in preparing the accusation, proofs, etc., until such 
time as a Board of Inquiry is convened in such manner as 
is hereinafter provided for ; or they may prepare such 
cbargco to be charges themselves, without regard to any particular form ; 

certified ® *^ «/ l 

and, in either case, the grounds of accusation must be set 
, forth with reasonable certainty of time, place and circum- 
stance. 

^Towhom&uv- § 3. The charges, having been prepared in either of the 
modes first above mentioned, shall then })Q delivered to the 
Presiding Bishop of this Church, if he be not the accused, 
nor related to the accused in any degree mentioned herein- 
after in this Canon; in either of which cases, the charges 
shall be delivered to the next Bishop in seniority not so 
related. 

Board of inquiry. § 4. A Board for making a preliminary inquiry into 
charges thus preferred, shall be constituted as follows, 
whenever such Board shall be necessary, viz : 

now constitute. [1.] The Presiding Bishop, or senior Bishop, as the case 
may be, to whom such charges are delivered, shall take the 
list of Deputies to the last General Council that was held 
before such charges were presented, and from that list shall 
choose by lot two Presbyters and two Laymen from the 
deputation of the Diocese of the accused, and two Presby- 
ters and two Laymen from each of the respective deputa- 
tions of the three Dioceses adjoining that of the accused ; 
and if there be not three adjoining, of the three nearest 
thereto ; and if more than three Dioceses adjoin that of the 
accused, those three that have the largest number of cauon- 
ically-resident Presbyters in them shall be accounted adjoin- 
ing, for the purposes of this Canon ; and the sixteen indi- 
viduals thus selected by lot shall constitute the Board of 
Inquiry, a majority of whom shall form a quorum for doing 
business. 



TITLE I1L— 01? DISCIPLINE. 45 -' 

[2.] The Presiding Bishop, or next in seniority as the c a r.cu vm. 
case may be, immediately alter thus selecting by lot the v * y 
Board of Inquiry, shall give notice thereof to each member ^^ t0 Mem " 
of said Board, and direct him to attend at a linn' and place 
designated by him, and organize the Board ; and it shall 
be the duty of each member so to attend. The place must *■&<* of meeting, 
be within the Diocese of the accused. The J 'residing 
Bishop shall, at the same time, send a copy of the charges copy of charges, 
to the senior Presbyter of those thus selected by lot from 
the four Dioceses. 



[3.] On assembling, the Board shall organize by choosing Boa 



Organization of 



rtt. 



from among themselves a President and Secretary, and shall 
also appoint a Church Advocate, who must be a Lay Com- 
municant of this Church, and of the profession of the law, 
and who thenceforward shall, in all stages of the proceed- 
ings, if a trial be ordered, represent the Church, and be the 
party on the one hand, while the accused is the party on 
the other. The sittings of the Board shall be private; swings privat?. 
the Church Advocate shall not attend as prosecuting 
counsel, but shall be at ail times at hand and in readiness 
to give his advice in all questions submitted to him by /he 
Board. 

[4.] In conducting the investigation, the Board shall hear Duty of the Board, 
the accusations and such proof as the accusers may produce, 
and shall determine whether, upon matters of law and of fact, 
as presented to them, there is sufficient ground to put the 
accused Bishop upon his trial ; and in such investigation, 
as well as in all cases of trial by an Ecclesiastical Court now 
authorized, or hereafter to be authorized, by the Constitu- 
tion or Canons of the General Council, the laws of the State 
in which such investigation or trial is had, so far as they 
relate to the law of evidence, shall be adopted and taken as Law or evidence, 
the rules by which the said Board or Court shall be gov- 
erned. If a majority of the Board present on such investi- 
gation shall be of opinion that there are sufficient grounds 
to put the accused Bishop upon his trial, the} 7 shall direct 
the Church Advocate to prepare a presentment, to be signed resentment. 
by such of the Board as agree thereto; and to that end, 
shall place in his hands all the charges, together with the 
testimony that has been laid before the Board. 

[5.] The Board shall then direct the Church Advocate to ^ to whom to be 
transmit to the Bishop from whom they received the charges, 
the presentment thus signed ; and shall cause him also, with- 
out delay, to send to the accused Bishop a copy of the same, 
certified by the Church Advocate to be correct. 



sent. 



46 TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 

canon via. [G.] If a majority of the Board present shall be of opinion 

v — v — ' that there is not sufficient ground to put the accused Bishop 

upon his trial, in such case, the charges, together with a 

^Refusal to pro- certificate of the President of the Board of its refusal to 
make a presentment, shall be sent to the Secretary of the 
House of Bishops, to be deposited among the archives of 

vrien r tment fuUirc that House. Aud no proceedings shall thereafter be had by 

Except^,. wa 7 °f presentment on such charges, except upon the 

affidavit of a respectable Communicant of the Church, of 

the discovery of new testimony as to the facts charged, and 

setting forth what such testimony is. 

Limitation of time. [?•] No presentment shall be found in any ca^e, unless 
the alleged offence shall have been committed within five 
years next before the day on which the charges were deliv- 
ered to the Presiding or senior Bishop. But if the accused 
conviction in a shall have been convicted of the alleged offence in a State 

statecourt. court, notwithstanding five years may have elapsed since its 
commission, a presentment may be founded on charges 
delivered to the Presiding or senior Bishop at any time 
within one year after such conviction. 

Notice to accuswi ^5 n n When a presentment has been made by the 

on presentment. S WT -" 1 J . I . . _,. . •'_ 

Board of Inquiry, or a majority thereof, to the Bishop from 
whom they received the charges, it shall be the duty of such 
Bishop forthwith to give to the accused written notice to 
attend, at someplace hot more than one hundred miles from 
the place of residence of the accused Bishop, and at some 
time not less than twenty days after the time of serving such 
notice, either personally, or by some agent authorized by 
him in writing to act for him in the premises, for the purpose 
of selecting the Bishops who shall form the Court for the 
And to church trial of the said accused Bishop upon the said presentment. 
He shall also give notice to the Church Advocate of the 
■0%,. time and place appointed for such selection. 

^Formation of j-o.] At the time and place appointed in the notices, the 
Bishop who has given the notices shall attend; and, in the 
presence of the accused Bishop, or of his agent authorized 
as aforesaid, and also in the presence of the Church Advo- 
cate, or of such person or persons as may attend in his 
behalf, or, if no person shall attend on behalf of one or 
, both, of two Presbyters named by himself, the said 
Bishop shall cause to.be placed in a vessel the names of all 
the Bishops of this Church entitled to seats in the House 
of Bishops, then being within the territory of the Conied- 
erate States, except the accused and those Bishops who may 
be related to him either bv consanguinity or affinity, in the 



Court. 



TITLE III.- OF DISCIPLINE. 47 

direct ascending or descending line, or as brother, uncle, or canon wa 

nephew. He shall then cause seven of the said names to Stv ^TCd^w D 

be drawn. The names so drawn shall be entered upon a' 

list as they are drawn, and the accused or his agent may 

strike off the list one name, and the said Church Advocate 

or his agent another name, and so as to reduce the number 

to five. If it shall happen that either party shall neglect or 

refuse to strike, then the Bishop who has given the notices 

shall reduce the number to five, by striking off so many of Reduced to five. 

the last drawn names' as will reduce the list to that number. 

The five Bishops whose names remain, or a majority of 

them, when assembled, shall constitute the Court for the 

trial of the accused upon the presentment. 

[3.] The Court having been thus constituted, the Bishop be ™tfo&rt! ,m " 
to whom the presentment was made shall immediately com- 
municate to each Bishop who has thus been by lot designa- 
ted as one of the triers, the fact that he is a member of the 
Court. He shall appoint a time and place for the asssem- 
bling of the Court. The time shall not be less than two n " ie - 
nor more than six calendar months from the day on which 
the notice should arrive at the most distant Diocese, in the 
ordinary course of the public mail. The place shall be Place. 
within the Diocese or Missionary field of the accused Bishop, 
unless where the same may be of such difficult access, in 
the judgment of the Presiding or senior Bishop, that reason- 
able convenience may require the appointment of another 
location. And the said senior Bishop shall cause the Church 
Advocate to send certified copies of the said presentment certified copies, 
to all the Bishops who constitute the Court. 

[4.] The Bishop to whom the presentment lias been made cu ^ nm0Mtoao: 
shall also immediately communicate to the accused the 
names of the members of the Court, and inform him of the 
time and place appointed for its meeting, and summon him 
then and there to appear and answer. He or any other 
Bishop of this Church having charge of a Diocese, shall 
have power, until the Court assembles, upon the application Ami to witnesses, 
of either the Church Advocate or the accused, to issue a 
summons for witnesses. 

§ 6. The Bishops who constitute the Court, or a majority ,,,' ,',;;;; ^ of *•■ 
of them, having assembled according to the notice given 
them, which notice it is hereby made their duty to obey, 
shall proceed as follows, viz : 

[1.] They shall elect a President out of their own num- (:) ,.^'' si,l '■ ,;, and 
her, and appoint a Presb}tcr of the Church as Clerk, and if 
necessary, another Presbyter as Assistant Clerk; and whoi; 



48 



TITLE [II.— OF DISCIPL 



B 

sentmen 






cunonvin. thus organized the President shall- direct the CJl,erk to call 

v "*" v ' the names of the Church Advocate .and the 'accused; and 

if both appear, he shall then cause the Clerk to read the 

•■ i«- presentment which was delivered to the Presiding or seiftior 

Bishop, whose duty it is hereby made to deliver the same 

to the Court upon its organization. 

[2.] The accused shall then be called u] the Court 

to' say whether he is guilty or not guilty of the q '& or 

offences charged against him, and his plea shall be duly 
recorded; and on his neglect Or refusal to plead, the plea, 
of not gi^) l y shall he entered for 'him, and the trial shall 
proceed: Provided, That, for sufficient cause, the Court may 
adjourn from time to time; and Proridr \ also, That the 
accused shall, at all times during the trial, have liberty to 
be present, and in due time and order produce his testimony, 
and to make his defence.- 

[8.] If the accused neglect or refuse to appear in person, 
according to the notice served on him as aforesaid, except 
for some reasonable cause to be allowed by the Court, they 
shall proceed to pronounce him in contumacy, and notify 
him that sentence of suspension or degradation will he 
pronounced against him by the Court at the expiration of 
three months, unless within that time he tender himself 
ready, and accordingly appear to take his trial on the pre- 
sentment. But if the accused shall not tender himself 
before the expiration of the said flyec months, sentence of 
suspension or degradation from the Ministry may be pro- 
nounced against him by the Court. 

[4.] The accused being present, and the trial proceeding, 
it shall be conducted according to the principles of the 
Common Law, as the same arc generally administered in 
the Confederate States ; nor shall any testimony be received 
at the trial, except from witnesses who have signed a decla- 
ration in the following words, to be read aloud before the 
witness testifies, and to be filed with the records of the 
Court : 

" I, A. B., a witness summoned to testify on the trial of a presentment 

against the Right Rev. , a Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal 

Church in the Confederate States, now pending, do most solemnly call 
(tod to witness that the evidence I am about to give shall he the {ruth, 
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth ; so help me God !" 

And if it be necessary to take the testimony of an absent 
witness on a commission, such testimony shall be preceded 
by a similar written declaration of the witness, which shall 
be tiled and transmitted with his or her deposition to the 



Provisos. 



Non-appearance. 



Contnmac)'. 



Three laont! 
graft. 



Common Lav. 
the rule of pro- 
ceeding. 



Declaration of 
witness. 



Deposition. 



TITLE in.— OF DISCIPLINE. - 49 

Court. The testimony of eacli witness shall be reduced to canon vm. 
writing. And in case there is ground to suppose that the v — v — ' 
attendance of any witness on tlfb trial cannot be obtained, 
it shall be lawful for cither party to apply to the Court if m 
session, or if not, to any member thereof, who shall there- 
upon appoint a commissary to take the deposition of such commjaary. 
witness ; and such party so desiring to take the deposition, 
shall give to the other party reasonable notice of the time 
and place of taking such deposition, accompanying such 
notice with the interrogatories to be propounded to the 
witness ; whereupon it shall be lawful for the other party, 
within six days after such notice, to propound cross-inter- v^vnaBa*. 
rogatories ; and such interrogatories and cross-interrogato- 
ries, if any be propounded, shall be sent to the commissary, 
who shall thereupon proceed to take the testimony of such 
witness, upon oath or affirmation, and transmit it under 
seal to the Court; But no deposition shall be road at the tl0 ° n d ™*- 
trial, unless the Court have reasonable assurance that the bttread - 
attendance of the witness cannot be procured, or unle 
both parties shall consent that it may be read. Provided, rrovi*>. 
That in any Diocese in which the civil government has 
.authorized the Ecclesiastical Courts therein to issue sum- 
mons for witnesses, or to administer an oath, the Courl 
I act in conformity to such laws. 

[5.] All notices ana paper i may be serve \ I y a summoner s v^° ) ^ e ^ >ticc8 
or summouers, to be appointed by the Court when the same 
is in session, or by a member thereof; and the certificate of 
any 8U< 1 .-ummoucr shall be evidence of the due service Of 
a notice or paper. In ease of service by any other person, 
the fact may be proved by the affidavit of such person. 
The delivery of a written notice or paper to the accused .^Vc 1 . 1 "'" 3 of 
party, or to the Church Advocate, or leaving it, or a copy 
thereof, at the residence, or last known residence, of cither. 
shall be deemed sufficient service of such notice or paper, 
on the Church* Advocate and accused respectively, If the 
person to be served with any notice or paper shall have left 
the Confederate States, it shall be a sufficient service thereof 
to leave a copy of such notice, or paper at his last place of 
abode within the Confederate 3, sixty days before the 

day on which the appearance, or other' act required by the 
said notice or paper, is to be performed. 

[G.] The accused party may, if he think proper, have the uv ,^^Lu iiy 
aid of c : and if he should choose to have more than 

one counsel, the Church Advocate may have assistant 
• 5 



50 



TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 



Opinion of Court. 



canon viii. advocates, to be named by the accusers ; but in every case 

^"^ ' the Court may regulate the number of counsel who shall 

address the Court or examine witnesses. The Church 

Advocate shall be considered the party on one side, and the 

conSSnTc e ant s. be accused on the other. All counsel must be Communicants 

of the Church. 

[7.] The Court, having fully heard the allegations and 
proofs of the parties, and deliberately considered the same, 
after the parties have withdrawn, shall declare respectively, 
whether, in their opinion, the accused is guilty or not 
guilty of each particular charge and specifications con- 
tained in the 'presentment, in the order in which they are 
set forth ; and the accused shall be considered as not guilty 
of every charge and specification of which he shall not be 
pronounced guilty by a majority of the members of the 
Court. 

[8.] The decision of the Court as to all the charges and 
specifications of which a majority of the members of the 
Court have found him guilty, shall be reduced to writing, 
and signed by those who assent to it ; and a decision pro- 
nouncing him not guilty of all those charges and specifi- 
cations of which a majority shall not have pronounced him* 
guilty, shall also be drawn up, and signed by those who 
assent to it ; and the decision thus signed shall be regarded 
as the judgment of the Court, and shall be pronounced in 
the presence of the parties, if they shall think proper to 
attend. 

[9.] If the accused shall be found guilty of any charge 
or specification, the Court shall proceed to ask him whether 
he has anything to say before the -sentence is passed, and 
may, in their discretion, give him time to prepare what he 
wishes to say, and appoint a time for passing the sentence ; 
and before passing sentence, the Court may adjourn from 
time to time, and give the accused reasonable opportunity 
of showing cause to induce a belief that justice has not 
been done, or that he has discovered new testimony ; and 
the Court, or a majority of its members, may, according 
to a sound discretion, grant him a new trial. Before 
passing sentence, the accused shall always have the oppor- 
tunity of being heard, if he have aught to say in excuse or 
palliation. 

[10.] The accused having been heard, or not desiring to 
be heard, the sentence of the Court shall then be pro- 
nounced, and shall be either admonition, suspension as 



Accused to be 
heard. 



TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 51 

defined by the existing Canons of this Church, or degra- cmonvni. 
dation, as the offence or offences adjudged to be proved "—"v ' 
shall seem to deserve. It shall be the duty of the Court, 
whenever sentence has been pronounced, whether it be 
upon a trial, or for contumacy, to communicate such sen- 
tence to the Ecclesiastical Authority of every Diocese of 
this Church ; and it shall be the duty of such Authority to sentence to i* 

, ill /->n communicated. 

cause such sentence to be made known to every Clergyman 
under his jurisdiction. 

[11.] Every Court shall keep a full record of its proceed- Record, 
ings, including the whole evidence given before it. Should 
any Court refuse to insert in its* record a statement of any 
testimony which has been received, or of any decision which 
the Court has made, or of any fact which has occurred in 
Court, or any paper which either party has produced, it 
shall be the right of either party to file an exception in Exceptions. 
writing, containing a statement of such evidence, decision 
or fact, or referring to or describing such paper, which 
paper shall also be filed with the exception. All exceptions 
and papers so filed shall become parts of the record. 

[12.] Such records shall be kept by the Clerk, and in- at ^ kei,t and 
serted in a book, to be attested by the signatures of the 
President and Clerk. Every such book, and all papers 
connected with any trial, shall be deposited with the Regis- 
trar of the General Council. Such books and papers shall 
be open to the inspection of every member of this Church. 

[13.] Every Court, constituted under the authority of Lay adrfwra, 
this Canon, may be attended by one or more Lay advisers, 
who shall be Communicants of this Church, and of the 
profession of the law. Such advisers may be present at all 
the proceedings of the Court, but they shall have no vote 
in any case whatever ; it shall be their duty to give in per- 
son to the Court an opinion on any question not theological, 
upon which the Court, or any member thereof, or either 
party, shall desire an opinion. If a dispute shall arise 
whether any question be or be not theological, it shall be 
decided by the Court by a majority of votes. The Court 
may always, by unanimous consent, appoint an adviser 
or advisers. If they are not unanimous, each member 
of the Court may name a candidate ; if not more than 
three are named, they all shall be advisers ; if more 
than three are named, the Court shall reduce them to 
three by lot. 

§ 7. [1.] Any Bishop of this Church may be presented e^l^f^ 

trine. 



52 



TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 



Canon VIII. 



To whom 
dressed. 



Quorjm. 



Xuiaber to con- 
vict. 

Oharzes Against 
Missiou'ry Bishop 



Bishop without 
Jurisdiction, 



Mode of trying. 



for holding and teaching doctrine inconsistent with that of 
this Church, by an}' Bishop in communion with this Church, 
and not under suspension or degradation. 2^"o Bishop shall 
be presented in any other mode for this offence ; and it 
shall not be lawful for two or more persons to unite in any 
such presentment. The Bishop making such presentment 
shall appoint a Church Advocate. 

[2.] Every presentment for alleged erroneous doctrine 
shall be signed by the person making it, and shall be 
addressed to the Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in the Confederate States, and delivered to the 
senior Bishop entitled to a seat in the House of Bishops, 
and not being the accused or the accuser, whose duty it shall 
be to convene a Court for the trial of the accused. The 
Court shall be composed of all the Bishops entitled to seats 
in the House of Bishops, except the accuser and the 
accused. Three-fourths of such Bishops shalbconstitute a 
quorum ; but the consent of two-thirds of all the Bishops 
entitled to seats in the House of Bishops shall be necessary 
to a conviction. 

§ 8. [1.] If charges be preferred against a Missionary 
Bishop, who is not a Diocesan, such Missionary Bishop 
shall be required by the Presiding or senior Bishop to name 
some one of the three Dioceses nearest to his District or 
Missionary field ; and such selection having been made, 
the proceedings shall then be precisely such as, under this 
Canon, they would be were he the Diocesan of the Diocese 
named by him. Should the Missionary Bishop refuse to 
name a Diocese, then the Presiding Bishop may name any 
one of the three above designated, and the eftcct shall be 
the same as if the nomination had been made by the accused 
Missionary Bishop. 

[2.] If charges be preferred against a Bishop having no 
jurisdiction, he shall be proceeded against precisely as if he 
were the Diocesan of the Diocese in which he has his civil 
residence. 

T3.] Any Foreign Missionary Bishop shall, on present- 
ment by two-thirds of the Missionaries under his charge, 
for immorality or heresy, or for a violation of the Consti- 
tution or Canons of this Church, be tried, and, if found 
guilty, sentenced, in all particulars .as if he were actually 
resident within the limits of the Confederate States, except 
that the trial may be within any Diocese in the Confederate 
States. 



TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 53 

Canon IX. 

CANON IX. w v -^ 

OF SENTENCES. 

§ 1. Whenever the penalty of suspension shall be suspension, 
inflicted on a Bishop, Priest or Deacon in this Church, the 
sentence shall specify on what terms, or at what time, said 
penalty shall cease. 

, § 2. [1.] When any Minister is degraded from the Holy Degradation. 
Ministry, he is degraded therefrom entirely, and not from 
a higher to a lower Order of the same. No degraded or no restoration, 
deposed Minister shall be restored to the Ministry. 

[2.] Whenever a Clergyman shall be degraded or deposed, (i .;;^ e of aep * 
the Bishop who pronounces sentence shall, without delay, 
give notice thereof to the Ecclesiastical Authority of every 
Diocese, and to each Minister, (or to the Vestry, if there be 
no Minister,) of the Diocese to which the degraded or 
deposed Minister belongs, in which notice it shall be stated 
whether or no the degradation or deposition be for causes 
affecting his moral character; and each Minister in said Dio- 
cese shall give notice thereof to his congregation on the 
first occasion of public worship next occurring. 



CANON X. 

OF THE REMISSION OR MODIFICATION OF JUDICIAL 
SENTENCES ON BISHOPS. 

The Bishops of this Church, who are entitled to seats in 
the House of Bishops, may altogether remit and terminate 
any judicial sentence imp'osed by Bishops acting collectively 
as a judicial tribunal ; or modify the same so far as to 
designate a precise period of time, or other specific contin- 
gency, on the occurrence of which, such sentence Bhall 
utterly cease, and be of no further force or effect: Provided, 
That no such remission or modification shall be made except 
at a meeting of the House of Bishops, during the session 
of some General Council, or at a special meeting of the said A cVoT a speSi 
Bishops, which shall be convened by the Presiding Bishop 
on the application of any five Bishops; three months' notice 
in writing, of the time, p4ace and object of the meeting being 
given to each Bishop, or sent to his usual place of abode: 



meeting. 



54 TITLE III.— OF DISCIPLINE. 



Majority assenting 



Provided, also, That such remission or modification be 
assented to by a number of said Bishops not less than a 
majority of the whole number entitled at the time to seats 
in the House of Bishops ; and provided, That nothing herein 
shall be construed to alter the effect of Canon IX. of this 
Title. 



CAXOX XI. 

REGULATION'S RESPECTING THE LAITY. 

Kemoyai of com- § 1. A Communicant removing from one Parish to 
another, shall procure from the Rector of the Parish of his 
last residence, or, if there be no Rector, from one of the 
Wardens, a certificate stating that he or she is a Commu- 
nicant in good standing ; and the Rector of the Parish or 
Congregation to which he or she removes shall not be 
required to receive him or her as a Communicant until such 
letter be produced. 
Bishop to be in. §2. As one of the rubrics of this Church requires that 

formed. ■»*■•• ,,. n ,-. . i H ■ 

every Minister repelling from the Communion shall give an 
account of the same to the Ordinary, it is hereby provided, 
that, information of the same being laid before the Ordi- 
nary, that is the Bishop, it shall not be his duty to institute 
an inquiry, unless there be a complaint made to him in wri- 
ting by the repelled party. But on receiving complaint, 
p iafm , . Urycmcom " th e bishop shall institute an inquiry, as may be directed by 
the Canons of the Diocese in which the event has taken 
place; and the uotice,. given as above by the Minister, shall 
be a sufficient presentation of the party repelled. 

§ 3. Persons desiring to act habitually as Lay Readers 
may do so with the consent of the Ecclesiastical Authority 
of the Diocese in which they arc thus to read. 



Lay Reader 



TITLE IV. 

OF THE ORGANIZED BODIES AND OFFICERS 
OF THE CHURCH. 



CATON I. 

OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL. 

• 

§ 1. [1.] The right of calling special meetings of the specw meeting*. 
General Council shall be in the Bishops. This right shall 
be exercised by the Presiding Bishop, or, in case of his 
death, by the Bishop who, according to the rules of the 
House of Bishops, is to preside at the next General Council : 
Provided, That the summons shall be with the consent, or 
on the requisition of a majority of the Bishops, expressed 
to him in writing. 

[2.] The place of holding any Special Council shall be riace. 
that selected by the preceding General Council for the 
meeting of the next General Council, unless circumstances 
shall render a meeting at such a place unsafe ; in which case, 
the Presiding Bishop may appoint-some other place. 

[3.] The Deputies elected to the preceding General Coun- sameDepuHea. 
cil shall be the Deputies at such Special Council, unless in 
those cases in which other Deputies shall have been chosen 
in the meantime by any of the Diocesan Councils, and then 
such other Deputies shall represent in the Special Council 
the Church of the Diocese in which they have been chosen. 

§ 2. [1.] The journals, files, papers, reports and other Kegistrar. 
documents, which, under Canon Y. of Title II., entitled Of 
Securing an Accurate View of the State of the Church, or in any 
other manner, shall become the property of either House 
of the General Council of this Church, shall be committed 
to the keeping of a Presbyter to be elected by the House' 
of Deputies, upon nomination of the House of Bishops, who 
shall be known as the Registrar of the General Council. 

[2.] It shall be the duty of the said Registrar to procure madaMe* 
all such journals, files, papers, reports and other documents 



56 TITLE IV*.— OF THE ORGANIZED BODIES AND OFFICERS. 

canon i. dow in existence ; to arrange, label, file, index and other- 
v — y — ^ wise put in order, and provide for the safe keeping of the 
same, and all such others as may hereafter come into his 
possession, in fire-proof box or boxes, in some safe and 
accessible place of deposit, and to hold the same under such 
regulations and restrictions as the General Council may 
from time to time provide. 
Kecordof con- [3.1 It Email be the duty of the said Registrar to procure 
a proper book of record, and to enter therein a record of 
the consecrations of all the Bishops of this Church, desig- 
nating accurately the time and place of the same, with the 
names of the consecrating Bishops, and of others present 
and assisting ; to have the same authenticated in the fullest 
manner practicable ; and to take care for the similar record 
and authentication of all future consecrations in this Church. 
. Expenses. [4.] The expenses necessary for the purposes contemplated 

by this section shall bo provided for by vote of the General 
Council, and defrayed by the Treasurer of the same. 

N ccmn cii? loccsan § 3. The Secretary of the House of Deputies, whenever 
any alteration of the Constitution is proposed, or any other 
subject submitted to the consideration of the several 
Diocesan Councils, shall give a particular notice thereof 
to the Ecclesiastical. Authority of this Church in every 
Diocese. 

§ 4. At every triennial meeting of the General Council, 
a Treasurer shall be chosen by the House of Deputies and 
confirmed by the House of Bishops, who shall remain in 
office until the next stated Council, and until a successor be 
appointed. It shall be his duty to receive and disburse all 
moneys collected under the authority of the Council, and 
of which the collection and disbursement shall not other- 
wise be regulated; and to invest, from time to time, for the 
benefit of the Council, such surplus funds as he may have 
on hand. His account shall be rendered triennially to the 
Council, and shall be examined by a Committee acting 

vacancy; how (o nnder its authority. In case of a vacancy in the office of 
Treasurer, it shall be supplied by an appointment to be made 
by the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese to which he 
belonged; and the person so appointed shall continue to act 
until an appointment be made by the Council. 

E uui council in " ' § 5. In order that the contingent expenses of the General 
Council may be defrayed, the Several Diocesan Councils 
shall forward to the Treasurer of the General Council, at 
or before any meeting thereof, live dollars for each Clergy- 
man within such Diocese. 



Treasurer, hi 

duties. 



TITLE IV. -OETIIE ORGANIZED nODIE? VXD OFFICER? 



CAXoX II. 

OF STANDING COMMITTEES. 

S 1. In every Diocese there shall be a Standing Commit- 
tee, to be appointed by the Council thereof, whose duties, 
except so far as provided for by the Canons of the General 
Council, maybe prescribed by the Canons of the respective 
Dioceses. They shall elect from their o<vn body a Presi- 
dent and a Secretary. They may meet on their own 
adjournment from time to time; and trie Prcsidenl shall 
have power to summon special meetings whenever lie shall 
deem it necessary. 

§2. In every Diocese where there is a Bishop, the Stand- 
ing Committee shall be a Council of Advice to the Bishop. 
They shall be summoned on the requisition of the Bishop, 
whenever lie shall wish for their advice. And they may 
meet of their own accord, and agreeably to their own rules, 
when they may be disposed to advise trie Bishop. 



('AXON Lib 



OF CONGREGATIONS AND PARISHES: 



No congregation within one Diocese shall unite itself with No ... u: , 11 wiUl 
any other Diocese, and every congregation of this Church i>T^. 
shall belong to the Diocese within which their Church 
building? is located. 



TITLE: V. 
VIISCELLANpOtlS PKOVISIONS. 



I ■ ■ !.. . 
<>: !•..-•;; y ED CANONS 

viuqpwi ?Whe] jverthere shall be a repealing clause in any Canon, 

and the said Canon shall be repealed, such repeal shall not 
be a re-enactment of the Canon or Canons repealed by the 
••nid repealing clause 



U-A"N*ON [I: 

OF-TIIE RE1 lJ ' L51> EXA< 1 KENT <>!•' 

CANONS. 

Vom ot Ln all cases of future enactment, the same, if by way of 

amendment of an existing provision, shall be in the follow, 

ing form : "Canon (or Section of Canon , or 

Clause of Section of Canon ) of Title , 

is hereby amended so as to read as follows:" And if the 
enactment is of an additional Clause, Section or Canon, it 
shall be designated as the next Canon, or next Section, or 
next Clause, of a Canon, or Section, in the order of num- 
bering, of the Title to which the subject properly belongs ; 
and if a Canon or Section or Clause be stricken out, the 
existing numbering shall bo retained, until a new edition 
of the Canons be directc ] 



'REPEAL, AMENDMENT AND ENACTMENT? 01 CANONS 



,.' 



The Committee on Canons of each House of the Geueral moa u. 

Council shall, at the close of each Session, appoint two of v — \ — ' 

their number to certify tho changes, if any, made in tl< {whom 
Canons, and to report the same, with the proper arrange- 
ment thereof, to the Secretary, who shall print the samo 
in the Joura 



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